The leadership team of Union Grove Christian Church recognizes the sovereignty of God and the authority of Jesus Christ over His church. As shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, we sincerely desire to serve both the congregation and community in any way that may be beneficial. If we can be of any service, please feel free to contact us.

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John Mitchell




Began work at Union Grove: 2008

Born: 10/29/1961

Hometown: Toccoa, Georgia

Family: Wife Renee and daughter Madison

Education: BS in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, MS in Applied Science from Naval Postgraduate School and Bachelor of Theology and Master of Sacred Literature from Summit Theological Seminary

Work history: Served 20 years in the US Navy as a commissioned officer in our Submarine Force. Upon retirement from the Navy was ordained into the ministry by the eldership of the Northampton Church of Christ, Hampton VA. Before coming to Union Grove Christian Church served as the minister of the Christian Church of Holiday in New Port Richey, FL and the Town and Country Church of Christ in Ottawa, KS.

Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16

Favorite movies: Toy Story trilogy

Favorite TV shows: Currently Top Chef and any NFL game

Favorite foods: Hamburgers and ice cream

Favorite books: Jennie Gerhardt and Sister Carrie both by favorite author, Theodore Dreiser

Favorite hobbies: Golf and running

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Steve Hovanic



Began attending at Union Grove: 1992

Born: 05/05/1947

Hometown: Barboursville, VA

Family: Wife Brenda, Son Christopher (Wife Renee)

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia

Work history: Worked from 1970 - 1995 as a Manufacturing Engineer at Murray Manufacturing in Earlysville, VA.  From 1996 - 2013 worked as a Manufacturing Engineer at National Optronics in Charlottesville, VA.  Currently retired.

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Bill Holt



Began attending at Union Grove: 1976

Born: 02/04/1937

Hometown: Morgantown, WV

Family: Wife Dona, 2 Daughters, 1 Son, 1 Granddaughter, 2 Grandsons and 1 Great Granddaughter

Education: Some college

Work history: Served in the United States Air Force, at Burroughs Corporation, Unisys Corporation and some time as a Realtor.  Currently retired.

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Jimmy Miller


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Renee Mitchell

Children’s Program Leader



Born: 02/06/1972

Hometown: Maple Heights, Ohio

Family: Husband John and daughter Madison

Education: BS in Computer Science from Michigan State University, MS in Management of Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Work history: Currently serving in the United States Air Force as the Director of Communications for Joint Task Force Civil Support at Fort Eustis, VA

Favorite Bible verse: Hebrews 11:1

Favorite movies: Rear Window and The Gladiator

Favorite TV shows: Top Chef and Major Crimes

Favorite foods: Stuffed Cabbage and any dessert John bakes!

Favorite books: Intensity by Dean Koontz and The Firm by John Grisham

Favorite hobbies: Golf, running and reading

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Betty Grymes

Nursery Program Leader