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 10:00 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 10:00 a.m.! We meet in rooms 217 and 218 at the east end of the building.
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Reverend Al Fuertes
Reverend Al Fuertes is one of Wellspring’s Covenant Co-Pastors. 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.
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Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt
Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt has been Covenant Co-Pastor at Wellspring since March of 2013. During the week, his ministry is teaching and directing Special Ed at Fairmont Heights HS, Prince George’s County, MD. 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.
Myra is a professional DJ, and in 2018 completed a career in marketing and communications. She is a graduate Averett University, and has a degree in Business Leadership from Central Michigan University. Myra is a native of Atlanta, GA, and lives in northern Virginia. Myra is currently a student at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. In 2020, Wellspring UCC commissioned Myra as Minister of the Sacraments and Hope and Reconciliation.
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. Presently Jerry serves Wellspring as Treasurer, and he preaches occasionally. He also is a volunteer Chaplain for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and a member of the Board of Centreville Immigration Forum.
Dana M. Jean
Dana Jean is a teacher, non-profit manager, and minister, with degrees from Guilford College, NC, and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She has led and founded nonprofits in Pittsburgh and in Phoenix, including the Universal Learning Center which has established three libraries in Haiti. She speaks Spanish and is fluent in French and Haitian Creole. In McKinney TX she expanded the social transformation ministry “Hands and Feet” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Dana received the call to ministry and entered Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria VA, in fall 2021. At Wellspring, she leads a new bilingual youth ministry.