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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 Jesus is central to what we believe.
He was hanged on a tree between two thieves–The MiddleTree.
“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.
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.
Associate Pastor / Dream Team Director
Kurt joined the MiddleTree team in 2019. He serves as Associate Pastor and oversees our volunteer staff. Kurt and Carla have two sons, Caleb & Kenan, and have called St. Louis home for over 14 years. 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
Student Ministry & Events Director
Niya joined the MiddleTree team in 2014. She leads our Rooted Student Ministry and Events Team . 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.
Samuel joined the MiddleTree team at the end of 2020. He was born and raised in Northern CA and has called Missouri home since 2017. His passion is for the arts, spending most of his free time recording, acting, writing and producing. He spends all of his money on trips home to see his nephews and niece.
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.