Tami Groves was born and raised in a small town in Northeastern Ohio and a suburb of Columbus. She is therefore a dyed-in-the-wool Ohio State University Buckeyes Football fan, loves rhubarb, knits as a spiritual practice and loves snow. Her immediate local family consists of two old dogs (Nami & Taylor), her 16 year old daughter Michelle and a lovely diverse group of people who are “adopted” family.
Tami loves to learn and so she has a long list of subjects she has studied. They are as follows: Earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Social Welfare) from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Studied Urban Ministry at Bresee Institute (Azusa Pacific University). Studied Early Childhood Educational Administration at Bank Street College, NY,NY. Earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA. Studied Conflict Resolution at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Always eager to learn, she is currently studying Acupressure and Tui Na (Traditional Chinese Medicine Massage).
In 1998 Tami was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Brookhaven Christian Church in Atlanta, Ga. From that day forward she has served churches both DOC and UCC in several cities such as Detroit, Atlanta, Athens (Ga), Berkeley, and Fremont (Ca). She had the privilege of working as a researcher for the Howard Thurman Papers Project at Morehouse University in Atlanta, Ga. For the past nine years she has served as the Founding Pastor/Director of the Table Spiritual Community (DOC) in Berkeley.
Tami is passionate about reconciling people to each other and to God. Helping people find spiritual growth, healing and hope is her calling.