Who We Are

MiddleTree is a life giving church in Saint Louis that reflects the culture of the communities that surround us. We believe that people are God’s greatest treasure. Our church exists because we want to encounter a powerful, living God who changes and transforms lives. Because of what God is doing in our lives, we are committed to loving, serving, and bringing restoration to those around us. We believe we should make every place better physically and spiritually—starting with our city.

How We Got Our Name

MiddleTree is a play on two themes.


The life, death, and resurrection of Christ is central to what we believe. 

“Here they crucified him, and with him two others – one on each side and Jesus in the Middle” John 19:18


Saint Louis is a divided city. Our vision is to bridge the “division”. What would communicate the love of God louder to a racially and socio-economically divided city than a church that truly unites the communities that surround it? MiddleTree is a display of life among the division.

Leadership Team

Brian & Mary Schmidgall

Lead Pastor & MiddleTree Kids Director

Brian and Mary started MiddleTree with a group of 20 people in 2012. As the Lead Pastor, Brian’s primary responsibilities are teaching Scripture, casting vision, and developing the leadership. Mary leads the MiddleTree Kids program. They have called Saint Louis home since 2009 when they moved here with a vision to start this church. An ideal day for them involves a lot of giggles with their four kiddos, laughing with friends, and a casual evening walk.

Kurt Convey

Associate Pastor / Dream Team Director

Kurt joined the MiddleTree staff in 2019. He serves as associate pastor and oversees special projects, and our Dream Team. Kurt and his wife, Carla, have two sons; Caleb and Kenan. The Conveys have called St. Louis home for a total of 13 years; one of the things they love to do as a couple is enjoy brunch at any one of the city’s great restaurants. A perfect day in St. Louis for Kurt would start at one of his favorite independent coffee shops, followed by an afternoon Blues game, an evening of St. Louis jazz, and then a mandatory stop at Ted Drewes.

Crystal Patterson

Community Groups Director

Crystal Patterson joined the MiddleTree team in 2020 and oversees Community Groups. She is a St. Louis native (she graduated from McCluer North High School-go Stars!) and currently lives in Swansea, Illinois. Crystal is an avid reader, loves a good historical documentary, and enjoys spending time with her son who is in college.

Niya Beverly

Worship Leader & Events Director

Niya joined the MiddleTree team in 2016. She leads our Worship Team as well as our Events and can also be found teaching Community Groups regularly. Niya and her husband Demetrius Beverly have 2 beautiful daughters and reside near University City. They love their weekly Taco Tuesday and having game nights with other families.

Kenny Hinrichsen

Weekend Services Director

Kenny and his wife Megan joined the team in 2020 as part of the merger between Middletree Church and One Church. He oversees our weekend services team to create excellence experiences for everyone to connect with God and each other. You can also find him helping lead our youth group. Kenny and Megan have two daughters, Leci and Abi, and they love traveling together, watching movies and playing games. 

Sara Owens

Missions Director
Sara joined the team in 2013 as MiddleTree’s Missions Director. She works with the Missions Team to help support missionaries and missions work both locally and abroad. Sara’s favorite thing about her job is getting to connect MiddleTree-ers with opportunities to use their gifts to better serve the beautiful city of Saint Louis! While Sara is a Saint Louis native, she works for a non-profit in Uganda so don’t be surprised if she disappears for a few weeks and comes back with a tan. For Sara, an ideal day in Saint Louis includes reading a good book in a cozy coffee shop, exploring a beautiful park or unique neighborhood, having a heartfelt conversation with, well, pretty much anyone with a pulse, and playing games with a group of friends.

What We Believe

The BIBLE: The old and new testament is God’s inspired Word to us; a revelation of God to humanity; It is trustworthy and authoritative in regards to our faith and conduct.

GOD: There is only one true God, revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.

JESUS: Jesus is the Son of God, both human and divine, Lord and Savior. Jesus voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. He rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God.

HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is a gift given to those who obey God, received through repentance and belief in the name of Jesus. Being Filled with the Holy Spirit is distinct from the experience of the new birth. The nine fruits of the Spirit in Galations 5 are the by-product of a Spirit-Led life and evidence of spiritual maturity.

The FALL and SALVATION of mankind: Though originally good, man willingly chose rebellion towards God; Every person can have restored fellowship with God through ‘salvation’—trusting Jesus, through faith and repentance, to be your personal savior.

CHURCH: The Church is the body of Christ and has a four-fold purpose: To worship God, to evangelize the world, to equip for ministry, and to show compassion.

ORDINANCES: We practice two symbolic ordinances—Water Baptism and Communion.

FINAL JUDGEMENT: There will be a final judgment in which the dead will be resurrected and judged according to their works.

MiddleTree Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God.

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