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W. Fred Wooden - Senior Minister

Greetings! I came to FSC in March 2005 from the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York. Before that I worked in Texas and Massachusetts, but spent my college and seminary days in the Midwest. In addition to my work at FSC, I host a couple of weekly radio shows, Faith & Reason and In Depth. I am also part of the Grand Rapids Press “Ethics and Religion” talk that appears most weeks.
More personally, my wife and I met in the fourth grade, have been a couple since 1972, and married since 1976. We have two grown sons but no grandchildren. We were both born and raised in Maryland.
If you want to find out more about me, check out the pages listed below. You can read my sermons, my blog, some articles I have had published, and some other stuff.

FSC sermons on YouTube

WFW articles in UU World

Elizabeth D. Barnum - Associate Minister for Education & Pastoral Care

I arrived at FSC 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 Massachusetts 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. As a minister and educator, I am an advocate for comprehensive sexuality education, and this work includes facilitating Our Whole Lives across the lifespan.
I have been part of the conscious dance community since 2000, trained as a 5Rhythms teacher in 2005, and began teaching Open Floor movement practice in 2016. My passion for movement and living an embodied life fuels my spiritual life and vocation.
I hail from New England and my hometown is Avon, Connecticut. In my free time, I love taking long walks with my dog, being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, writing, experiencing art, and exploring new places.

Jason Hubbard - Associate Minister for Worship, Music, & Social Justice

I was first called to serve Fountain Street Church as Interim Education Minister from 2003 to 2005 – a time that blessed me greatly. Having served a small rural congregational church for the last seven 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 be a part of your passion for FSC!

David Lee Smith - Associate Minister for 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 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, 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.

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