Wellspring United Church of Christ is a community committed to mission, social justice, intentional inclusivity, and decision making by conversational consensus.
Wellspring’s vision, as stated in its covenant, is focused on being a nurturing, inclusive community, affirming the broad diversity in the human population, and embracing a mission to reach out to the larger community.
We gather for Sunday worship at 1030 a.m., in the historic St. Johns Episcopal Church, 5649 Mt. Gilead Rd., Centreville 20120. Come join us as we celebrate Christ’s message for our world today.
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.! We meet in rooms 217 and 218 at the east end of the building.
For more information, call Wellspring at 703-830-4194.
Reverend Al Fuertes
Reverend Al Fuertes is Wellspring’s Covenant Pastor. Al works in the field of conflict transformation. specializing in community-based collective trauma healing as a vital component in peace and community-building. Al’s interest is in the socio-cultural anthropological perspectives of the impact or effects of conflict and natural disasters on those affected and how people address the needs for both individual and collective healing through resiliency and other healing mechanisms.
Al does consulting work in different countries and travels intensively. He works with government, religious, military and local community leaders in countries that he visits. He connects with NGO workers and various sectors in places that he is invited to work. The title of his dissertation (Ph.D.) is, “Community-based Warviews, Resiliency and Healing Among the Internally Displaced Persons in Mindanao and the Karen Refugees on the Thai-Burmese border.” He has also served as a pastor in the Philippines.
Wellspring Frequent Preaching Staff
The Rev. Dr. Jerrold L. Foltz
The Rev. Dr. Jerrold L. Foltz (“Jerry”) is a United Church of Christ minister ordained in 1969. He has an AB degree in History and Religion from Catawba College, Salisbury, NC; an M. Div. from Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO; and a D. Min. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He founded Wellspring UCC in Centreville in 1969; the congregation made him Pastor Emeritus when he retired in 2009. Jerry is from Hagerstown, MD, and has served five congregations in MD, NJ, and VA. He is married to Alice Foltz; together they have four grown children and nine grandchildren.
Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt
Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt has been Covenant Co-Pastor at Wellspring since March of 2013. Mark earned his BA from the State University of New York (SUNY), and his M. Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary. Previous pastoral positions include Associate Pastor at Chinese United Methodist Church located in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Senior Pastor at Cheverly United Methodist Church in Cheverly, MD, and Director of Program and Youth Ministries at First Christian Church in Falls Church, VA. Mark is married to Liisa Granfors-Hunt and currently resides in Greenbelt, MD, along with their cat Purl.
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey E. Rhodes
Rev. M. Michael Morse
Mike graduated from the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, now merged with Vanderbilt Divinity School. He has served parishes in Ohio, including campus ministry at Oberlin College, and in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. He has focused his whole career in ministry on progressive theological issues, social justice programs, and biblical literacy. He is currently a member of the Westar Institute (home of the Jesus Seminar), and works on issues including dismantling racism, death with dignity, and climate change.
Mike and his late wife Carol were active at Wellspring from 1999 to 2009, when Carol’s illness from Alzheimer’s became acute. Mike and his partner Sea Raven, attend Wellspring frequently, and are active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Frederick, Maryland, where they live.
Sea Raven, D.Min.
Sea Raven, D.Min., is an Associate of the Westar Institute (home of the Jesus Seminar), and a lay minister for worship of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland. Her work as a free-lance writer, musician, and worship leader is grounded in post-modern Christian scholarship, and focused on justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. Sea Raven’s three-volume series, Theology from Exile: Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary for an Emerging Christianity, is a valuable resource for progressive Bible study, grounded in the biblical scholarship of Karen Armstrong, Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and the Jesus Seminar, as well as the transforming work of Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, whose theology of Creation Spirituality has reclaimed Catholic mysticism for postmodern cosmology. Sea Raven’s website is http://www.gaiarising.org.