In April, 2020, Pastor Richard Schmidt D.Min.,Ph.D., was called to Union Grove Baptist Church. Pastor Rich brought with him 40 years of ministry work and, additionally, 32 years of law enforcement & administrative experience. As a lifelong student of the Word, Pastor Rich is dedicated to teaching the Scriptures literally, contextually, & historically correct.
Pastor Rich and his wife, Valori, founded Prophecy Focus Ministries, LLC. Prophecy Focus can be watched weekly on TV30, and Prophecy Unfolding, heard on VCY, FM107.
Pastor Rich is passionate about evangelistically preaching and teaching the Scriptures.
Arriving at UGBC as a teenager, Joshua Steele quickly became involved in the church. It was at that time he met his future wife, Rachel, who also attended the church & was enrolled in its school.
Following graduation, Josh and Rachel were married and continued to serve at UGBC. Josh, following the call to ministry, began preparing to answer that call while simultaneously working to support his wife and growing family.
In April 2023, UGBC extended the call to Josh to join the staff of UGBC as its Associate Pastor. Since that time, Pastor Josh has continued to expand his teaching & leadership duties, along with becoming UGBC's counseling pastor.