Staff & Leadership Team

Say hello to the Staff and Leadership Team at Columbia Grove.

Meet our staff

Say hello to the staff at Columbia Grove.

Andrew Thompson - Senior Pastor

Andrew Thompson helped start Columbia Grove in 2004. Since then, he has served as Columbia Grove's senior pastor. Andrew is married to his wife of 24+ years, Anita. They have two daughters, Lauren and Elizabeth. His role on the staff is to serve the church by keeping its congregation and staff focused on the mission, and Biblically inspired to pursue it.

"You and Jesus together are an unstoppable force for good." - Pastor Andrew

Chris Garrow - Pastor of Worship and Connection Groups

Chris Garrow serves the church by training worship leaders and musicians to provide a multi-generational worship environment. The primary focus is on the person of Jesus and the message of His Gospel. Chris also trains Connection Group leaders to provide Gospel-focused groups which facilitate transparent relationships founded on mutual faith and friendship. 

Paul Collard - Pastor of Volunteer Development

Paul Collard joined the Columbia Grove staff in 2018 as the Pastor of Volunteer Development. Paul equips volunteers to discover their spiritual gifts and calling, by building serve teams that thrive.

"With God, anything is possible." - Paul

Gayla Toften - Pastor of Children and Seniors Ministry

Gayla Toften develops a team of volunteers who create fun, safe environments for children to learn about and get to know Jesus. She also develops a team of volunteers to care for seniors who can no longer attend church by providing worship services and emotional support at assisted living homes.

Nick Edmonds - Director of Student Ministries and Administration

Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is responsible for “building, maintaining and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the congregation and for directing and overseeing all ministries and business affairs of the church.”


Team members are elected by the Membership to serve for three-year terms. Officers of the Leadership Team are decided within the team. The team meets monthly at our church office.


  • Dave Belton – Chair
  • Jerry White – Vice Chair
  • Penny Shea – Secretary
  • George Loveland – CFO
  • Ashley Cummings
  • Sue Kane
  • Brandt Cappell

Have questions? Contact our staff at the church office.