Our Leadership

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Jesse Schmidt

Lead Pastor

Facebook: jlee8884
Twitter: @JesseLSchmidt

Jesse met his wife Ashlee while attending Moody Bible Institute. They were married in 2009, and now have five children—Jayden, Micah, Elian, Isaiah, and Judah.

Since his family planted a church in Wisconsin when he was in Jr High, Jesse has been heavily involved in ministry, working at christian camps, overseeing community outreach, and leading youth ministries. Most recently he was on staff with Redeemer Church in Rockford, Illinois  from 2012-2017 as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Outreach. 

Jesse is passionate about seeing lives transformed by the gospel and encouraging believers to grow in their love for God and His people, and firmly believes in Christ's promise to build His church. It is for this purpose that he was sent out by Redeemer Church to plant Vertical Church Milwaukee. 


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Evan Jones



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Lance Saunders



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Ross Hearne

Pastoral Resident


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Matt + Jill Christensen

Worship Directors


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Samantha Saunders

Vertical Kids Coordinator


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Ashlee Schmidt

Communications Director



Weekly Worship Service

9:30am | Sundays at the Wilson Senior Center
2601 W Howard Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221