clergy

& STAFF

Rev. Dr. W. Frederick Wooden

Senior Minister

Greetings!  I came to FSC in March 2005 from Brooklyn, New York. Before that I lived and worked in Austin Texas and rural Massachusetts.  But I spent my college and seminary days in the Midwest. 

 

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.

fwooden@fountainstreet.org

Rev. Christopher Roe

Minister of Spiritual Life & Learning

Christopher comes to Fountain Street Church having worked in a variety of religious and educational settings, most recently in Evanston, Illinois overseeing a vibrant inter-religious Pre-K-12 Program.  After completing his Bachelors in Education at Grand Valley, Christopher moved to Chicago to attain a Master of Divinity from Garrett Seminary.  He is now working on a Master of Education from Grand Valley in hopes of advanced studies in exploring the intersection of critical pedagogy, social justice, and religious education. 

 

Christopher, with his husband Jonathan, moved to Grand Rapids in 2016 to open Books & Mortar Bookstore.  As a classically trained Pianist and Organist as well as an avid fitness enthusiast, Christopher enjoys his time "on the bench" and can be found happily practicing or working out during his free time.  Additionally, he enjoys spending generous amounts of time with his friends, family, and neighbors, "nerding out" on urban planning and development in Grand Rapids, and traveling abroad once a year with his husband.  

croe@fountainstreet.org

Rev. Dr. David Lee Smith

Associate 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 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.

davesmith126@sbcglobal.net

Melissa Hoezee

Accounting/Human Resources/Building Manager

Melissa joined FSC in July 2006.  She came to us with 10 years of accounting experience, a degree in HR Management, a degree in Paralegal Studies, and has obtained her degree in Accounting and Professional in Human Resources certification since coming on board.  Melissa and her daughter live in Wyoming, where you can find them playing with their dogs, reading, or walking in the neighborhood.

mhoezee@fountainstreet.org

Linda Jones

Adult Choir Director

Linda Jones is the Adult Choir Director.  She joined the staff in September 2019.  She is also the Founder and Director of the Grand Rapids Threshold Choir.  This Choir's mission is to sing at the bedside when people are on the threshold of life and death.  Linda is the Founder and President of the Grand Rapids Food Co-op, as well. 

 

Linda received a Masters in Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Texas in Austin.  She has directed several church Choirs in the Ann Arbor area.  She led the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus for seven years and toured Europe with them in 2012.  She taught public school music for 15 years in Lockhart, TX and Ypsilanti, MI.  She also teaches private voice and piano.  She has lived in Grand Rapids since 2014.

 

ljones@fountainstreet.org

Kim Ras

Office Manager

Kim Ras joined the FSC Staff in 2009.  Kim's primary responsibility is to assist the very busy Senior Minister.  Kim can be reached in the Front Office Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A born and raised Grand Rapids "Westsider," Kim enjoys reading, writing poetry, fishing, boating, gardening, and volleyball, although cooking is her biggest passion.  She also loves animals and spending time with her family and friends.  In addition to her other responsibilities, Kim handles the scheduling of all meetings, internal and external events, weddings, and memorial services.  She is responsible for all church communications and publications.  Kim also works with church volunteers to administer the FSC website and Facebook page.  Feel free to contact her with any inquiries.

kras@fountainstreet.org

Conor Bardallis

Events Manager

Conor came to FSC as an Audio Technician in 2012 and assumed leadership of the A/V team in 2013.  When the Events Manager position was created in 2017, he made his commitment full-time and now keeps an office on the church mezzanine, where he coordinates church-sponsored and rental events.

 

Conor has a Bachelor's degree in Professional Writing from Grand Valley State University.  He and his wife, Mikay, live in Grand Rapids with their pets and musical instruments.

cbardallis@fountainstreet.org

Virginia Anzengruber

Content & Communications Manager

Virginia Anzengruber is a Filmmaker, Podcaster, and Marketing Professional, who comes to Fountain Street Church after 8 years in the film and television industry. She is responsible for the marketing, social media, and content creation of Fountain Street Church, and all of its affiliated committees and events. 

Born and raised in Brevard County, Florida, Virginia has a passion for space exploration, pop culture, cooking, and helping others.  In her spare time she makes a bunch of podcasts, and really enjoys talking to people about what makes them unique. 

Virginia is an intersectional feminist who believes in equality and equity and is humbled to be a part of the team at Fountain Street Church and their mission of building a "vibrant church community that challenges individuals to craft their own spiritual journeys, and to engage in creative and responsible action in the world."

vanzengruber@fountainstreet.org

Danny Heck

A/V Coordinator

Danny oversees our A/V Program on Sundays and for special events. He is also the Chair of our FSC Pride Circle.

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