|Weldon Frederick (Fred) Wooden||Senior Minister|
I came to FSC in March 2005, coming from the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York. I served in Texas and Massachusetts before that, and spent my college and seminary days in the midwest. My wife and I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Asked why I came here, I say, "Liberal religion has always been a minority voice, but wherever it arises, (and it can be found in everywhere), it questions the boundaries of thought, word, and deed that exist. I believe that the fundamental vision of liberal religion is that every person is a unique "child of God", and that each person has a unique "divine" gift to offer the world. Religious communities aren't for saving souls, they are for growing them."
In addition to my work at FSC, I share a weekly radio show, "Voice of the Liberal", write a blog, and am part of the Grand Rapids Urban League, among other things. I am also an occasional contributor to UU World magazine.
It has taken me a lifetime to find this vision. It will take me the rest of my life to explore its depth and power. It will take this Church, and others like it, to make it happen. If you share this hope, I hope you join us. We need all the help we can get. If you want to find out more about my ideas, check out the pages listed below. You can read my sermons, my blog, some articles I have had published, and some larger works.
|Jason Hubbard||Associate Minister|
|I was first called to serve Fountain Street church as Interim Education Minister in 2003-2005 – a time that blessed me greatly. Having served a small rural congregational church for the last 7 years, I am thrilled to return to FSC to serve as Associate Minister for Worship, Music, & Social Justice. I am a native Californian - graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara before moving to the Midwest in 1989 and graduating from Western Theological Seminary. I am married to my beloved, Dana Lee, a local yoga teacher and spiritual community leader. Together we have five (yes, that’s 5!) middle/high school age children. I spent much of my youth in the theater and after pursuing some rock-n-roll dreams, found pastoral ministry as the ground of my heart's desire. I have a love for creating worship that honors both tradition and the avant-garde, a passion for working with young people, and a desire to connect it all to transformative justice work in the world. I enjoy yoga as spiritual practice, everything outdoors, local sustainable food, immersion travel, snow skiing, boating, and my ‘64 Corvair (Nader missed all the fun). I look forward to knowing you and learning how I might a part of your passion for Fountain Street!|
|Elizabeth Barnum||Associate Minister|
|I arrived at Fountain Street Church in August 2013 drawn by its unique history, compelling vision, and passionate community of seekers. I love to learn, serve, teach, and connect. My formal education includes earning degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of New Hampshire. I am an ordained minister with standing in the UCC (United Church of Christ) and previously served in positions at Barrington Congregational Church in Rhode Island, St. Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia, and the Exeter Congregational Church in New Hampshire. My teaching credentials include MA state educator licensure and I have taught at several secondary schools, including in the Religion Department at Phillips Exeter Academy and as a chaplaincy intern at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Movement as spiritual practice is an important part of my journey, as both a student and teacher, and I have worked as core faculty during multiple summer program weeks at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. I hail from New England and my hometown is Avon, Connecticut. In my free time, I love taking long walks with my dog, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, writing, experiencing art, and exploring new places.|
|David Lee Smith||Minister of Visitation|
Rev. Dr. David Lee Smith has a diverse religious background with roots in the Reformed (RCA) and Baptist (GARB) traditions. He is a graduate of Creston High School, GRCC, and Western Michigan University with a degree in Music Education.
After four years in the U.S. Air Force, (and also 30 more years in the Michigan National Guard), he worked in Grand Rapids in the telephone and computer industries. He graduated from the Chicago Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. After a 21-year pastorate at the Burlingame Congregational United Church of Christ, in Wyoming Michigan, he completed three out-of-town interim pastor assignments and a chaplaincy at a local nursing home. He holds clergy standing in the Grand West Association (Michigan Conference) of the United Church of Christ.
Dave enjoys music, genealogy, and exploring issues related to religion, culture, politics, and world affairs. With his wife, Liz, he resides in Grandville.