Our Leadership


Reverend William E. Johnson, III, M.Div.
(804) 721-5170 
(804) 590-9244 - Pastor's Study
Email:  pastorjohnson1906@gmail.com

More than seven years ago, Pastor E.J., as he’s affectionately known, recognized and accepted the call to preach.  And in 2014, after three years in pastoral ministry, God called Pastor Johnson to Union Grove Baptist Church where he serves as Senior Pastor.

Pastor Johnson is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Liberty University-- Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Pastor Johnson earned a Master of Divinity with honors from The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.
Pastor Johnson and his wife Sasha have two children: Olivia Danice, and Ethan Emmanuel.

Ministerial Staff

Reverend Douglas Harris, Sr., M.Div.
Reverend Andrew Irvin
Minister Uthai Hicks Harris
Dr. Harold E. Braxton, Pastor Emeritus
Youth Minister (TBA)

Our History

From 1869 . . .

"O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come . . ."

Located in South Chesterfield County (near Matoaca), the Union Grove Baptist Church at 19111 Church Road, began in the home of one individual,  Dodson Webster.  Believing that where two or three are gathered in the name of the Lord, several persons (Kandis Goode Jones, Elvira Stewart,  Ned Green) joined Dodson Webster in his home to lift up the name of Jesus.   As more worshippers joined them,  the  place of worship included a bush arbor and then a frame structure.  Today, Union Grove has been blessed to expand to a brick  structure  surrounded by  acres of property.   God has blessed Union Grove physically, fiscally, and spiritually.  The Union Grove Church Family is blessed to have descendants of Kandis Goode Jones (one of the founders) still worshipping and participating at the Church. 

From Union Grove...

Two (2) daughter churches have been founded in Chesterfield: Shiloh Baptist Church (1889) and Union Branch Baptist Church (1890).

Union Grove’s pastoral leaders...
Reverend George C. Stith (1897-1900), Reverend Frederick Bland (unknown years of service), Reverend J. J. Woodson (early 1900s/20 years), Reverend Clinton Clark (1930s), Reverend Richard W. Twiggs (1939-43), Reverend Robert L. Taylor (1943-1946), Reverend Robert F. Bowles (1946-56), Reverend Clarence L. Crews (1957), Reverend Moses A. Knott, Jr. (1957-1961), Reverend George P. Polk, Jr. (1961-1966), Reverend Richard M. Rice ((1966-1969), Reverend Dr. Harold E. Braxton (1969-1997), Reverend Lawrence D. Pollard, Jr. (1997-1998), Reverend Vincent N. Meekins, Jr. (1998-2005), Reverend Douglas Harris, Sr. (2005-2009), Reverend Joe Reeves (2009-2013), Reverend Anthony L. Nutt (2013), and currently Reverend William E. Johnson, III (effective September 1, 2014).  

Our Mission

  • "The Church In Action" Motivating, Teaching, and Serving Through the Word of God”
    19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;
    20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. ~ Matthew 28

  • Our Ministries

    Christian Education
    Church School
    Vacation Bible School
    Golden Circle for Seniors
    (age 55 & above)
    Jail & Prison
    (Southside Jail & Prison ministry affiliate)
    Men’s Fellowship
    Sanctuary Choir/New Covenant Choir
    Male Chorus
    Harold E. Braxton Memorial Choir
    Kids of the Kingdom
    New Generation Choir
    Praise Dancers:  Heavenly Angels (youth) & Total Praise (adults)
    Women's Fellowship