Rev. Bruce Goettsche (last name pronounced “get-she”) began his ministry in La Harpe in February of 1982. He is a graduate of Trinity University in Deerfield, ILwhere he received his B.A. in Biblical Studies; Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned both a Master of Arts in Christian Education, and a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained in 1980.
Bruce is married to Debbie and has two children: Rick (and his wife Sarah) and Rachel (and her husband Michael Rutan) and two step sons, Zeko and Derek. Rick works with his dad and Rachel is a Physical Therapist.
Bruce’s first book came out in May of 2001. Faith Lessons: Lessons in Faith from Genesis. Bruce’s second book, “Finding Your Way Through the Fog” (Colossians) came out in the spring of 2002. His third book Joy: Finding It, Keeping It (Philippians) came out in the spring of 2003. Bruce’s fourth book, Difficult People: Dealing With Those Who Drive You Crazy is co-written with his son, Rick. Songs of the Heart (Psalms) came out in 2014. In 2015 Bruce’s A Christian Handbook for Surviving Divorce (about divorce) and Meeting with God a year long daily devotional were published. In 2016 Bruce came wrote Rebuilding After grief and Loss. Check out the “Books by Bruce and Rick” page on our site for details on the books.
Bruce is featured on the broadcast of “God’s Truth for Daily Living” heard on several radio stations locally. You can listen to a recent archive of our broadcasts from the “God’s Truth for Daily Living” tab under media ministries.
Bruce believes strongly in the systematic exposition of God’s Word. He leads two Bible Studies each week, a Sunday School class, and is involved in a great deal of counseling. He works on the church web site and edits the daily radio broadcasts. He is from Chicago but loves the small town life. He is a Chicago Sports fan, dabbles at playing golf and he loves to read and write.
OFFICE HOURS: Bruce is in the office every morning (including Saturday) except Tuesday (his day off) from 8:00-Noon. Afternoons and some evenings by appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Rick Goettsche, (pronounced same as above) Associate Minister for
Education and Outreach
Rick is indeed the son of the Senior Pastor. Rick joined our staff in August of 2006. He is a graduate with honors of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He served for three years as the head of the Baptist Student Ministries (Now “Sower’s Seed”) at SIUE. After graduation, he worked for over a year for Stephen Ministries in St. Louis. He graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion in 2011. He was ordained in 2011. Rick brings his love of music and his experience in the area of youth and outreach along with his knowledge of the LaHarpe community to his ministry. He is the “go to” Tech-guy at the church and is a popular photographer.
Rick was married to Sarah in July of 2005. They have a son and a two daughters. Sarah is an R.N. and works at a local hospital.. She has an artist flair and has experience in business offices.
Rick co-authored Difficult People: Dealing With Those Who Drive You Crazy with his dad. Rick is also a regular speaker on “God’s Truth for Daily Living”
Rick has a love of science and apologetics (interesting combination, huh?). He enjoys playing the guitar and is fascinated by gadgets of every kind. You will often see him out on the golf course. He is our resident “tech” person. One of his hobbies is photography. Rick serves as a Substitute teacher, helps with a youth Bible Study, teaches the Youth Sunday School class and leads the High School Youth Group.
At present, he is in the office every morning except Thursday. To contact Rick@unionchurch.com
We have several part time staff people:
DAVID CLOVER is our Church Manager and is usually the voice you will hear when you call the church and during the summers you will often see him at the concession stand grilling something. Dave handles all the business areas of our ministry. He also keeps the Pastors “on task”.
Dave is in the office every weekday morning (he is not in the office on Saturdays). Dave helps coach Jr. High Girls Basketball and loves to Golf and Bowl. He is an avid Chicago and Illini Sports fan and an active supporter of local sports teams. He is usually found with a bucket of iced tea. Dave@unionchurch.com
CINDY ANDERS leads the Bells of Praise. Cindy is married to Tracy Anders. Cindy also plays the piano.
THELMA SMITH is our Organist and accompanist. Thelma has played the organ for over 30 years and has anchored the church music program for the last 20+ years. Thelma is married to R. A. Smith. Thelma is also involved in the Bells of Praise.
PHYLLIS BRUMMITT is the pianist at our 10:30 worship service. Phyllis is from Fort Madison, and has her Master’s degree in Piano. Phyllis teaches piano and is married to Don Brummit. Phyllis graduated from Moody Bible Institute.
LYNNE WARD, KATHY BUTLER, CAROL STEVENS, And MARY ANN SIEGWORTH all serve as our pianists at our 8:00 a.m. worship.
KRISTA LITTLE serves as our Custodian. Krista is married to David Little and has two children.