Pastor Harris returned to Union Grove Baptist Church as Senior Pastor in September of 2001. Pastor and Mrs. Harris both grew up in Davidson County and as members of Union Grove Baptist Church. Pastor Harris preached his first sermon at the age of fifteen during a Watchnight Service at Union Grove. After graduating from Kerwin Baptist Christian School in Kernersville, NC in 1982 he attended Tennessee Temple University earning a Bachelor of Religious Education Degree with majors in Pastoral Studies and Missions. In 2012 Pastor Harris earned a Master of Theological Studies from Bethany Seminary in Dothan, Alabama and is currently pursuing a doctorate. In 1987 he was called to serve as the Assistant Pastor of Union Grove. In 1995 he accepted the call to serve as a senior pastor in Chatham County, NC where he served for 6 1/2 years prior to returning to Union Grove. Since 2001 God has blessed Union Grove with steady growth making it necessary for the church to purchase 30 additional acres to build a new 1200 sanctuary and sunday school complex. Pastor Harris also serves as President of Union Grove Christian School, a ministry of Union Grove Baptist Church, with an enrollment of over 430 students and approximately 60 full-time and part-time employees, as a trustee at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, NC, and as a council member of Baptist Mid-Mission in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Assistant Pastor/Pastoral Care
T.W. Bailey grew up in the small town of Stoneville, NC. After receiving Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 22, he felt the call of God on his life. He attended Piedmont Bible College and earned a ThB in Theology with a Youth Minor. At Piedmont Pastor Bailey not only found God's will for his life but he also found his wife Michele. He was called to Union Grove Baptist Church in 1990 to train under the Youth Pastor on staff at that time. The church has always had a burden to reach teens with the gospel, and encourage them to serve the Lord and the church. After training for six months Pastor Bailey was called as the new Youth Pastor and served in that capacity for 13 years. The Lord blessed T.W. and Michele with twin boys Joshua and Joseph while serving at Union Grove. He was called to be the Assistant Pastor under Pastor Harris in 2003 and leads the Pastoral Care/Outreach ministry of the church and ministers to the congregation of Union Grove Baptist Church in many other ways.
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Josh was born in Ahoskie, NC. He was privileged of growing up in a Christian home and begin his education in a Christian school. At the age of 5, Josh realized his need for a Savior and accepted Christ. Shortly after, Josh's family moved to Asheboro, NC. During his senior year of high school, he began feeling his call to preach, and the Lord led him to Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Fl. He graduated from Trinity in 2007, and came back to Asheboro to be the youth pastor at East Side Baptist Church. During his senior year of college, Josh met his beautiful bride, Abby! They were later married in February of 2008. After 3 years of serving at East Side the Lord led Josh to Union Grove as the student pastor. Josh joined the staff in May of 2010.
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Grady James grew up in Davidson County. He was saved in March 1970. He became a member of UGBC in 1972. He met his wife Shirley at Union Grove and they were married in June 1976. The Lord blessed Grady and Shirley with 2 boys, Eric and Daniel. They grew up in Union Grove and graduated from UGCS. Grady began serving as the Junior Church Pastor in July of 1979 under Pastor Fletcher’s ministry and has continued to faithfully serve under Pastor Harris’s ministry. The Union Grove Children’s Church is for 1st thru 6th graders. Every Sunday a service in Children’s Church is conducted just like the one in the Sanctuary. A Children’s Church Service includes: a choir, congregational singing, prayer request with prayer, special music (which the children participate in), ushers, offering, preaching by Pastor Grady, Birthday Box, Missionary Story, Prizes and a Children’s Church Bulletin. The Children’s Church is currently supporting three missionaries each month. They are the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Tabernacle Children’s Home and AMG Ministries.
Pastoral Intern - Media, Miisions and College Ministries
David was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended Wayne Christian School and graduated in 2008. David recieved Christ as his Savior at the age of 5 in children's church. At the age of 15, he felt the call of God on his life to full-time ministry. After high school, he attended Piedmont Baptist College, now Piedmont International University, in Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. During his senior year at PIU, David began his internship at Union Grove, and is excited as he continues to minister at UGBC.
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Harold Fletcher was born and raised in nearby Forsyth County. He graduated from Mineral Springs High School in 1953. Harold accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 22 while attending the Hollow Road Baptist Church. After being called by the Lord to preach in 1959, he began attending Piedmont Baptist College. In September of 1963 he was asked to preach for a service here at Union Grove. With the present pastor needing to retire due to bad health the church voted to call Brother Fletcher as their next pastor. On the first Sunday of October 1963 Pastor Fletcher became Union Grove’s 10th pastor. Under Pastor Fletcher’s ministry the church experienced not only numerical growth, but also was able to build the buildings that house the entire present ministry. Pastor Fletcher also had the vision and desire to begin the Union Grove Christian School in 1975. In October of 2001 Pastor Fletcher retired from his ministry after 38 years. Though retired, Dr. Fletcher has continued serving the Lord through his preaching ministry.
Bob was saved in January, 1982 under the ministry of Pastor Bud Calvert and the Fairfax Baptist Temple in Fairfax, Virginia. Shortly after his salvation Bob felt led to leave FBT to assist in establishing a brand new ministry in Pennsylvania; the Valley Forge Baptist Temple under the leadership of Pastor Scott Wendal. Being a small, beginning ministry, and with no formal music training himself, Bob volunteered as music director where he continued to serve for the next twelve years. In 1997, after being blessed with the opportunity to be a part of a successful ministry which had grown to approximately 650, Bob decided to move to back to North Carolina to be near his parents and other family members. Bob and his family joined Union Grove Baptist Church in the fall of 1999 where he served in various ministries including the adult choir and leading a teen choir. When the position of Music Director opened in August, 2004, Bob graciously accepted the tentative position which shortly thereafter became permanent.
UGCS Administrator/High School Principal
Peter Steinhaus joined the staff of Union Grove Baptist Church in August of 2003. He was raised in a Christian home and received Christ as his personal Savior at 7 years of age. After graduating from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 1983, God led him to Troy, Michigan to serve in a Christian School ministry. It was in Troy, Michigan that he met his wife Sherry and they were married in 1987. God has blessed their marriage with two daughters, Rachel and Allison. In 1987 he began serving the Lord in Ypsilanti, Michigan as a Bible teacher and assumed administrative duties in 1990. During his ministry in Ypsilanti he began to work on his master’s degree. In 1994 Peter completed his Master of Science in Educational Administration degree at Pensacola Christian College. After serving the Lord for 16 years in Ypsilanti, Michigan God led him to join the staff at UGBC as the administrator of Union Grove Christian School.
UGCS Assistant Administrator/Preschool & Elementary Principal
Dan Hightower was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He accepted Christ at the age of 8. The Lord used a friend during his high school years to recommend Tennessee Temple University where he enrolled as a freshman in 1975. It was during his time at Temple that he met and married his wife Becky in 1977. Becky is from East Point, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Dan graduated from Tennessee Temple University with both a bachelors degree and a Masters in Educational Administration. Dan came to Union Grove with over 25 years of full-time ministry experience. Becky is a Dyslexia therapist and teaches piano and organ. Dan and Becky have two grown children, Rachel and Jonathan. Rachel and her husband Brent have a one daugther named Jana. Jonathan and his wife, Whitney, have 2 boys, Drew and Wyatt.
Judy was born in Alton, Illinois. She grew up in a Christian home and had a grandmother that was a big influence in her life. Judy got saved at the age of 8 when her Sunday School teacher at Brown St. Baptist Church led her to the Lord. She then married Joe Ivester, her high school sweetheart. The Ivester's have 2 sons. Because of Joe's job, they have been transferred 7 times and have been able to serve the Lord in different churches and in different ways. In 1999, Joe and Judy returned to Lexington and to Union Grove Baptist Church to serve the Lord.
Sonya was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in its surrounding areas. At the age of 11, she received Christ as her Savior while attending Colonial Hills Baptist Church in East Point, GA. After graduating from Colonial Hills Christian School, she worked at Coca-Cola USA where she met Jack. Jack graduated from Forestry School at University of Georgia in 1978 and they were married. 3 years later, his job transferred them to Macon where they spent the next 26 years attending and serving in Gilead Baptist Church. While there, God gave them 8 children, Jack, Keith, Ben, Philip, Sandy, Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel. In 2007 they joined Union Grove Baptist Church when God moved them to Winston Salem.
Barry was born and raised in Davidson County. He graduated from North Davidson High School in 1970. In the Spring of 1970, he trusted Christ as his Savior in a revival meeting at Union Grove Baptist Church.
He met his wife, Dottie, at North Davidson, and they were married in 1971. They have two daughters, Tiffany and Beth. They are also blessed to have two grandsons.
In October 1977, he began working full time for Union Grove Baptist Church. He has taught Sunday school at our church for 38 years, and has been involved in numerous other ministries in our church as well.