Rev. Mariela Perez-Simons

Senior Minister for Vision & Innovation

The Rev. Mariela Pérez-Simons most recently served as an intern minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Tulsa — the largest UUA church in the world. There, she gained attention and grew a following of people who were drawn to her charismatic preaching style, intellect, sensitivity and openness. “There is a place for the liberal church in America — churches that provide a place to ask questions,” Pérez-Simons said. “I believe our tradition is enriched by our theological diversity. We draw from many sources because there's wisdom in each of them to help give meaning and purpose to our lives and to live our values in the world.”


Click to read more from Rev. Mariela's official introduction in June 2020.

Rev. Matthew Cockrum

Minister for Spiritual Care & Learning

Bio coming soon!

Rev. Greta Jo Seidohl

Minister for Belonging & Community Engagement

Bio coming soon!

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 second floor, 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 beloved pets and musical instruments.


Executive Minister for Organizational Development

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.

Melissa Hoezee

General Manager of Operations

Melissa joined FSC in July 2006. She came to us with 10 years of accounting, human resources and office management experience in the construction industry, a degree in HR Management, a degree in Paralegal Studies, and has since obtained degrees in Accounting and Interior Design along with a Professional in Human Resources certification since coming on board. Melissa and her daughter, Thea (who works in our nursery on Sundays) live in Wyoming, where you can find them playing with their dogs, reading, or walking in the neighborhood.

Danny Heck

A/V Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

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