Meet Our Pastor Groover



Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., is a native of Freeport, Long Island, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. Rev. Groover completed his doctoral work (D.Min.) at the New York Theological Seminary. The focus of his demonstration project and dissertation was on the strategic development of faith-based educational initiatives by urban African American congregations.

From 1987-1994, Rev. Groover served as pastor of Bright Temple A.M.E. Church in the South Bronx. Rev. Groover’s pastoral work was prominently noted in the New York Times, New York Newsday, and Jonathan Kozol’s Amazing Grace (Crown Publishers, Inc, 1995). Mr. Kozol’s book and title was inspired by his time spent with Rev. Groover and his church. At Bright Temple, Reverend Groover initiated a number of ministries aimed at addressing the educational, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of inner-city children. Among them was the “Building Great Minds Project,” an after school leadership-building/socializations skills program for latency-age and adolescent children that was later adopted as a city-wide program administered by the Council of Churches of New York. While fulfilling his pastoral ministry in the South Bronx, Rev. Groover served as an adjunct faculty member at the College of New Rochelle (undergraduate course - Introduction to Social Work) and New York Theological Seminary (M.Div. course – Foundations in Ministry).


Rev. Groover was appointed Pastor of the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts in June 1994. Since arriving, Rev. Groover has significantly restructured and decentralized the management apparatus of the church and increased participation, diversity, and accountability to the church’s membership. In addition he established new ministries, fellowship clusters, and professional-related alliances aimed at building the congregational life and maximizing avenues in which members could share and cultivate their skills, talents, and gifts. Under his pastoral ministry, over 30 individuals have entered the ministry.


As a Henry L. Shattuck Municipal Service recipient (City Champion Award, 2002), Rev. Groover has served on numerous public panels for the City of Boston. His services included being a member of the Mayor’s 2-6 After-school Initiative Task Force (1999), Search Committee for the Boston Police Department Commissioner (2003), Boston Public Schools Assignment Task Force (2004), and the Co-Chair, Search Committee for the Boston Public Schools Superintendent (2006-07). In 2007, Mayor Thomas M. Menino appointed him to the Boston School Committee.


Rev. Groover is also very involved in the Greater Boston community. Presently he serves as a member of the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA). He has been instrumental in bringing together public school officials, teachers, community leaders, parents and the clergy in the planning and the development of the BMA After School Program ($1.5 million initiative). In addition, he is devoted to public school reform in Boston. Under his leadership, the BMA has sponsored numerous church based community education summits on the MCAS Exams, School Promotion and Attendance Policies, and other issues. Rev. Groover drafted and proposed his Ten Action Steps toward Becoming an Education Conscious Congregation, which was unanimously adopted by the BMA.


Rev. Groover serves on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Boston Foundation, Boston Rising, Boston Plan for Excellence, Boston TenPoints Coalition, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the YMCA of Greater Boston.

Rev. Groover is married to the Rev. Barbara Ann Groover who serves as Minister to Women at the Historic Charles Street Church. The Groovers share two teenage children; Gerami Greer and Gregory, Jr. (G Man).


For further information, contact:
The Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church
551 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
tel: (617) 442 7770       fax: (617) 427-1215


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About Our Church

The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church is interwoven with the history of African Americans in Boston. 

In 1818, a small group of free African Americans began gathering in a small house on Beacon Hill to give birth to the First African Methodist Episcopal Society.  The Reverend Noah Caldwell W. Cannon, a firebrand itinerant preacher who traveled throughout New England, was the leading force in the creation of this new church and in 1833 he began serving as its first pastor....... read more



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