Jon Groves - Lead Pastor
My name is Jon, and I'm privileged to lead this amazing team and amazing church. I grew up a Preacher's Kid so I've been around the ministry my entire life and serving in full-time ministry, myself, for almost 10 years, but I'll never forget the days faith came alive for me. Through some difficult circumstances, I moved from a "fan" who was simply going through the motions to a "follower" of Christ...I've never looked back...and I've never regretted a day of it.
Having spent many years preaching camps and conferences while traveling in evangelism, my desire is to make the word of God come alive. Personally, I think it is a sin to make the Bible boring.
I travel in evangelism, serve as a church consultant with the Creative Church Company, and direct the Journey Student Camp. In the summer you'll find me on the hiking trails or in my kayak. I love The Office, Parks & Rec., and if you do too, I'm sure you'll get my jokes. I can't wait to meet you at OC!
I get the absolute honor of serving the people of One Church Cadiz as campus pastor. As someone who struggled with finding my identity and worth most of my life, I get extreme joy in watching people finding freedom and acceptance in Christ. Watching someone cross over from religion to relationship and finally understanding that the addiction, or oppression that held them captive for so long no longer has victory over them is my favorite part of being in ministry. I love getting to lead people in worship, we get down here at OC. Listening to people sing out their love for God at the top of lungs is an amazing experience. We promise your first OC worship experience will be a memorable one.
Aside from ministry I absolutely love spending time with my family. My wife Kayla and daughter Chloe are absolutely gifts from God and a constant reminder of how much He loves me. The moments when we get to worship as a family as the most precious moments in my life. Men who step into their calling and lead their families as Christ commands us to are the most blessed individuals on the planet. It's not always easy or convenient but it has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
Summed up into a short sentence - I love my family and I love my church.