The Grove launched in 2014 by a team led by Eric Montoya and his wife, Sincerity. The two Santa Fe natives met in the youth group of an AG church, served in Paraguay with a pair of AG world missionaries for a couple of years, and then worked at nearby Bernalillo First Assembly for 11 years before starting The Grove in a Regal movie theater.
The Montoyas’ church-planting journey included training with the Church Multiplication Network and working for the late Carl Bauman, a church planter who mentored them for two years. Montoya served as a table coach at the CMN Launch event in May in Minneapolis. The Grove is a parent-affiliated church of Harvest Fellowship of Albuquerque.
Since the launch, people have accepted Jesus as Savior every week at The Grove. The church occupies three theaters — one for the main service, the others for kid’s ministry and the nursery. More than half the attendees belong to a small group.