About Union Grove Baptist Church


417 Fifteenth Avenue

Union Grove, WI 53182

(262) 878-1264


Sunday Service: 9AM

Sunday School: 10:30AM

Sunday Night: 6PM

Wednesday Night: 6:30PM

Our Pastor
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Dr. Richard R. Schmidt began his tenure as Union Grove Baptist Church's Senior Pastor after 39 years of Christian service. Dr. Schmidt's work for the Lord has included church planting, 20 years as an associate pastor, church administration, as well as traveling both nationally and internationally with Prophecy Focus Ministries.  Prophecy Focus Ministries was founded by Dr. Schmidt, a biblically sound prophetic teaching forum.  He can be heard frequently on "The Word for Life" through WVCY, as well as seen on his program, Prophecy Focus TV 30.  He served bi-vocationally for 30 years, with his public service culminating as acting Sheriff of Milwaukee County.  He and his wife Valori have served faithfully together for over 40 years.  Their three adult children live in Wisconsin along with their spouses.  Dr. Schmidt has a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University along with a D.Min. from Northland University, and continues to study diligently as instructed by 2 Timothy 2:15-studying to show himself approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. 


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11


Dr. Richard & Valori Schmidt

UGBC Core Values


Worship is our starting point. We want to teach and practice a worship of God that is not about being louder or being in a contest for a visual arts award. We want you to know Who we adore. We worship the Creator God, the Eternal God, the Only God.


Discipleship is next in our hearts. Discipleship is not as familiar a word today. Disciples are people who follow the teachings and practices of someone else. You and I are disciples of some philosophy or another, whether we realize it or not. We choose our answers for life’s toughest challenges based upon who we are listening to and who we want to believe has the best answer. For Union Grove Baptist Church, we want to help one another understand that God’s way is the best way and that His Word, the Bible, truly has all the answers for life we will ever need. Our worship of Him as our God leads us to love Him and want to follow the principles He gives us for living a meaningful and productive life.


Fellowship flows out of sincere discipleship. Church is a community. It is a family. It is a group of people that love the same objectives and seek to pursue the same goals. Because of our mutual love for Christ, we love what Christ loves – one another and the people around us. We are not perfect, but in the end, what makes Union Grove Baptist Church a unique place is the people who love spending time with each other, helping one another reach and influence our community


Union Grove Baptist Church believes the Lord instituted Matthew 28:18-to go into the world and teach all nations... We are all instructed to tell others about the saving grace found in faith alone, through Christ alone. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fallen short-We are all sinners, every single one of us Romans 6:23:The wages of sin is death...this is eternal death in an awful (real) place called hell. The GOOD News: Romans 5:8: But God commendeth (gave) His love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us-We cannot save ourselves, we are wholly dependent on Jesus Christ Who came to earth, lived a perfect life, and died as the substitutionary Lamb, and rose on the third day as victor over sin and death. Romans 10:13: Whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved-That's our only responsibility. Believe. Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace you have been saved through faith, it is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, so that noone can boast. John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. If you are seeking or have questions, please call the Church Office or Pastor Rich. (262) 878-1264. Let today be the day!


Wednesday Night Activities 6:30-8:00PM


4 years through 6th grade

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7th- 12th grade. 

Adult Bible Study: 
College and up. 6:45-8PM

Sunday Children's Ministry

Sunday School We offer a Sunday School class for each stage of your child’s life. Children's Church Our Children’s Church meets in the lower level during our sermon time. 3 years old through kindergarten. Nursery Our staff works diligently to provide a safe and welcoming place where your child will become accustomed to interacting with others and being loved as they become aware of their surroundings. We offer an Infant Nursery for ages 0-18 months and then a Toddler Nursery for those children 18 months – 2 years of age.


Sunday School Sunday School class is offered for Junior High- 12th grade ages. Wednesday night Youth Group- Rooted Teens Each Wednesday night all year long the teens meet in the Youth Room.This event takes place at 6:30-8:00PM Here they play some fun games, sing songs, and interact with a challenge from God’s Word. They also pray together and prepare for different fun activities and service opportunities. The leaders strive to get to know each teen and try to help them through any difficult situation that may come into their lives which can benefit from spiritual instruction. Throughout the year various activities will be planned (Wednesday After Church (WAC) activites, Youth Conferences, and the opportunities to serve in VBS.

Young Adults

Our young adults group is growing and seeking ways to enjoy each others' company and encourage one another. They do this by meeting every couple months for planned activities. A Young Adults Sunday School class is offered to teach and encourage young adults in their walk with Christ.

Adult Ministry

Union Grove Baptist Church is a ministry that seeks to help encourage people in every walk of life. We seek to enable singles and married people alike. We seek to minister to the elderly as well as the newlyweds. We want our college students to find a place that will allow them to grow and become active participants as they discover adulthood in the realm of the church. In order for this to happen we seek to be fluid in meeting the needs of the body as God brings people into our church family. Sunday School Each Sunday morning at 10:30 an adult class is offered to teach and encourage. ​ Deacons: The men who are elected to the deacon board watch over the spiritual needs of the church with our pastor, care for the maintenance of the church building, help the pastor in any way necessary to meet the needs of the congregation and seek to be spiritual leaders in the church. They oversee the finances of the church and present a budget to the congregation each year. ​​ Counseling Get a biblical perspective on the decisions you face. Our ministry leaders are available to meet with you and talk about your major life decisions.

Wednesday Children's Ministry

AWANA During the school portion of the year we offer AWANA Clubs (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed). This is an international program that explores God’s Word, allows children to learn important truths about the Bible and the God of the Bible. Wednesday Nights from 6:30-8:00PM Summerquest During the summer months we have a great program that allows young people to continue to enjoy learning and keeping up with their friends. They sing songs and continue to have opportunities to learn more truths about God through the Bible. There are games galore and prizes as well. Nursery We offer an Infant Nursery for ages 0-18 months

Other Children's ministry

Vacation Bible School (VBS) Each summer the church takes on a theme that takes over the whole facility. It is a weeklong event where each night children ages 4 through the 6th grade are invited to come and have a blast! There are team competitions and great prizes for saying verses, bringing a friend, and just for showing up for the events each night. CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) is run by various trained members of our church at Union Grove Elementary school on Tuesday's during the school year. Contact us for more information.

Other Adult Ministries

Ladies Bible Study Throughout the year there will be specific Bible studies that allow the women of our church to come together and work through specific topics or books of the Bible. The studies vary in how long they run and when they are offered. Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study Our men seek ways to come together for work projects and different events throughout the year. As opportunity arises the men will also meet for a Bible study and work through God’s Word as a group. Ladies Missionary Fellowship There is a Ladies Missionary Fellowship that meets faithfully each month and prays for the missionaries that UGBC supports. The goal is to learn more about our missionaries and pray for their needs each month. We get to read through their latest prayer letters and pray specifically for the needs, wants and ministry concerns. There is a time of refreshment following our prayer time. This ladies group also is in charge of the Missionary Cupboard and striving to provide items that will help missionaries and their needs. Senior Saints There are different organized events for those of our congregation that are still young at heart and yet have found themselves described as senior in status. There are different opportunities throughout the year to meet at local restaurants and other various activities. Banquet and Fellowship Committees In the course of a year there are several annual events that we offer that allows our church family to come together for fellowship. Some examples are Valentine’s Banquet, Mother/Daughter Banquet, Father/Son Banquet, and other such events that give us good reason to eat a meal together and share in fellowship. ​​ Food Pantry Our church operates a community food pantry each month to help families in need with food and some household items. We stock the shelves and have a time of “shopping” so items can be shared with families in need. Donations are always accepted toward this ministry.


Missions The very heartbeat of God is to reach the vast numbers of souls that have never yet heard of the tremendous love of Jesus Christ. At Union Grove Baptist Church we seek to give generously to several individuals and families that have believed it to be their purpose in life to go beyond the borders of the United States and travel with the good news of God’s love to such people. Our hope is to keep the burden of missions in front of our eyes so that we never forget that just as important as it is to reach our own part of the world, God wants us to be helping others do the same in other lands.

Our History

Union Grove Baptist Church History

The history of Union Grove Baptist Church can be traced to the year 1869 when missionary workers from Raymond Baptist Church began to minister in our community. The new converts were added to the Raymond church. Among these first workers were Rev. L. Peterson, the Pastor of the Raymond church and N. Jorgensen. In the spring of 1875, the Baptists living in and around Union Grove purchased the lot on East Eleventh Avenue and at once began to build. The church was dedicated Dec. 25, 1875. The same day, thirty members withdrew from the Raymond church and were organized as The Baptist Church of Union Grove. Charter members of our church were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Jacobsen, Christian Jacobsen, Mrs. Karen Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Nelson, Jens Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Mads Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Winter, Mr. and Mrs. Jorgen Rasmussen, Mr. and Mrs. Severin Christensen, Miss Maren Jorgensen, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jasperson, Mrs. Annie Johansen, Miss Kirsten Johansen, Jorgen Knudsen, Peter Larson, Miss Marie P. Christensen, Miss Karen Andersen. The present church building was dedicated on September 27, 1965, the new parsonage in 1968, and the education wing in 1974. The most recent addition completed in 1993 included an overflow and fellowship area and enlarged foyer.

Former Pastors of Union Grove Baptist Church

Some of the Pastors who have served our church are; Rev. Ole Jenson, Rev. H.P. Dam, Rev. Jorgan Hanson, Rev. Christ Rasmussen, and H.P. Jasperson. Others served the church up to 1892, when Rev. C.F. Hanson was called as Pastor. Rev. Hanson was followed by Rev. C.H. Bolwig, Rev. J.P. Nelson, Rev. C.P. Olson, Rev. A.B. Hanson, Rev. Jacob Anderson, Rev. Christ Peterson, Rev, A. Swenson, Rev. Tiffen, Rev. C.H. Wilcox and Rev. James R. Axtell until 1943. Following Rev. Axtell in 1943. The following Pastors have served: Rev. Walter Friche, Rev. W. Kurt Wohlert, Rev. Henry Foss, Rev. Donald Wise, Rev. E. Keith Moore, Rev. Jerry Foster, Rev. Thomas Bauder, Rev. James Maxwell, Rev. George E. Schlagel and Rev. Adam Love. In 1971 the church established the position of Christian Education Director. The title was later changed to Pastor of Youth Ministries. Serving in this ministry have been: Pastor Norman Kaddatz, Pastor Jack Miller, Pastor Chris Tjapkes, Pastor Steve Weber, Pastor Joe Osborne, Pastor Brian Schmidt, Pastor Neil Wiggins, Pastor Steve Doctor and Pastor Chuck Edmonds through 2005.

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Pastor James Maxwell- Sr Pastor 1983
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Pastor Mel Stadt-
Visitation Pastor 1983
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Pastor Steve Weber-
Youth Pastor 1983
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Pastor George Schlagel-Sr Pastor 1989- 2014 
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Pastor Adam Love-
Sr Pastor 2014-2019