We have a passion for people, our community and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • ReV. Sam Craven


    It is a privilege and honor given by my Lord and Savior to serve Him as the Pastor

    of this congregation.  I started my 20th year as your Pastor on June 1, 2015.

  • Tommy Welch

    Music Director

         Tommy has served as the Director of Music at Union Grove Baptist Church since September 2009. He is married to April Miller Welch and they have a son, Thomas Welch. Tommy has served as Director of Music for North Catawba Baptist Church and Union Baptist Church. Union Grove Baptist is very fortunate to have Tommy on staff. He is very musically talented, as well as his family, April and Thomas. It is evident he loves to serve God in this capacity; always striving in every song selection, musical presented, or special music planned that God is honored and glorified.

  • Rev. Jeff Lambert

    Director of Ministry

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  • Lynn Smith


    Hi everyone!

         I am so blessed to serve my Lord and Savior as secretary of Union Grove Baptist Church. Serving as a church secretary since 1989, I know this is the ministry that God has called me. I strive to be a servant of God, to present an atmosphere of warmth, friendliness, and love to visitors and callers; always representing Union Grove Baptist Church in a positive manner to promote God’s love and Kingdom. I have served at Union Grove Baptist since March, 1996.

         My husband, Ken and I have two adult sons, Sean and Ryan. Sean and our two wonderful grandsons, Dylan and Carson reside in Hudson, NC. Ryan and Erica Palmer Smith gave us our wonderful granddaughter, Alice on October 17, 2017, and they reside in Cary, NC.

         As a family, we enjoy fishing, hiking, riding bikes, playing baseball, swimming, going to the lake and the beach, and supporting Dylan, Carson, and Alice in whatever their adventures are.

         God has abundantly blessed me! I give Him praise for how He works in and through my life and the life of my family.