As a United Methodist Church, Oak Grove’s structure is based on The Book of Discipline. Oak Grove’s governance is representative and church members elect people to manage the temporal and spiritual affairs of the congregation. The Charge Conference is the highest governing body of the Church. The Church Council meets monthly and serves as the executive agency of the Charge Conference which typically happens in the fall.


Strategic Mission

“Creating life changing communities through Jesus Christ.”

Oak Grove seeks to create welcoming communities where all of God’s children experience acceptance, affirmation, opportunity and life transformation.


Every member of Oak Grove will:

  • Mention Oak Grove Church once weekly.
  • Invite someone to Oak Grove and offer to meet them at church once quarterly.
  • Participate in a small discipleship group every year.
  • Share in a domestic mission project every year.
  • Participate (as able) in an overseas mission project once every five years.

Roster of 2018 Officers

The church has four major administrative committees:

Trustees (property)
Finance Committee (stewardship, finances, budget)
Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPR) (personnel)
Nominations Committee (recommends elected leaders for the church)

There are many ministry areas of the church. They are grouped under broad program ministry areas of:

Weekday Ministries (YCS OGCS)
Specialized Ministries.

These groups provide the heart and soul of ministry at Oak Grove.

If you are interested in serving in leadership at Oak Grove, please contact Glenn Ethridge, 404-636-7558 or  Most leadership positions are filled in the fall for the following calendar year.

At Oak Grove, we take the safety of children seriously. Our church has adopted the following Safe Environment Policy to protect children.


Communication Guidelines (Click to download the PDF)
Our church leadership values healthy communication among congregants and seeks to be open to input from members of the church. To foster healthy communication, the Church Council has adopted the following Communication Guidelines. These guidelines will help you know how best to contact your church-governing committees.

Andrew Ethridge Memorial Scholarship Information

The Andrew Ethridge Memorial Scholarship is open to members of Oak Grove who will attend Oxford College. Students in good standing may receive the scholarship for two years at Oxford. Recipients will receive $4,000 per academic year, plus a recommendation to participate in the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars matching scholarship fund. A student could receive $4,000 from Andrew Ethridge Memorial Scholarship and an additional $3,000-$4,000 from the United Methodist Church’s Dollars for Scholars program.  To apply, simply write a letter to the Andrew Ethridge Memorial Scholarship, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur GA 30033. Persons with a cancer diagnosis can use the scholarship at Emory University or at Oxford College.

Building Committee

OGUMC Building Program Overview