Union Grove pastor & Staff

The leadership and staff here at Union Grove is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at info@ugbconline.com.

Pastor & Staff

  • dr. Ken Harris

    Lead Pastor

    As Lead Pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church, Pastor Harris provides leadership and guidance for the church as a whole. His primary responsibilities are preaching, directing the staff, overseeing the work of the Church, and inspiring the church to move forward with excellence and purpose.


    Pastor Harris returned to Union Grove 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.  Pastor Harris earned a Master of Theological Studies in 2020, a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership in 2020  and is currently pursuing a PH D in Theology.  

    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 800 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 470 students and approximately 60 full-time and part-time employees. 

    Pastor has served as a trustee at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, NC, and as a council member of Baptist Mid-Mission in Cleveland, Ohio.   He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Davidson County,

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  • T.W. Bailey

    Associate PAstor

    Pastor Bailey leads the Pastoral Care/Outreach ministry of the church and ministers to the congregation of Union Grove Baptist Church in many other ways.

    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.   After training for six months Pastor Bailey was called as the new Youth Pastor and served in that capacity for 13 years. Pastor Harris asked Bro. Bailey to become the Assistant Pastor in 2003 and was later promoted him to Associate Pastor.   The Lord blessed T.W. and Michele with twin boys Joshua and Joseph while serving at Union Grove.   Joshua is marred to Rebecca and Joseph is engaged to Kenna Knowles.

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  • David jeffreys

    family pastor

    David joined the pastoral staff of Union Grove in August of 2019 and currently leads the student and family ministries.  

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  • Grady James

    Children's CHurch Pastor

    Grady has served as the Children's Pastor since 1979. Every Sunday Pastor Grady ministers to the 1st-6th graders of Union Grove. Providing them their own service filled with songs, kid's specials, games, stories, Bible lessons, and prizes for the kids.

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  • dr. Harold fletcher

    Pastor emeritus

    On the first Sunday of October in 1963, Pastor Fletcher became Union Grove's tenth pastor and served until October 2001. Dr. Fletcher continues to serve the Lord through his preaching ministry.

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  • Ryan Moon

    Children's ministry intern

  • pETER Steinhaus


    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.

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    Dan Hightower

    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 has one daugther named Jana and two sons. Jonathan and his wife, Whitney, have 2 boys, Drew and Wyatt.

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  • Bob Clonch

    Music Director

    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.

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  • Judy Ivester

    administrative assistant - finances

  • Diane teague

    administrative assistant - receptionist

  • Erin Jeffreys

    Ministry assistant

  • Ritchie Owens

    Director of buildings and grounds maintenance

  • Isaiah Clonch

    media director