1226 Union Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Meet the Staff

Following Jesus, Serving Others, and Sharing God's Love

Eric Schalk


Eric is our senior pastor.  He grew up in the neighborhood around the church and has a huge passion for helping people walk with Jesus.

Branson Parler

Dir. Faith Formation

Branson and his wife Sarah have been members at Fourth for five years.  Branson also works at Kuyper College as professor of theological studies.

Mary Kay Townley

Dir. Kids Hope USA

Mary Kay has worked at Fourth for a long time and also serves as an office administrator. She loves the neighborhood and is dedicated to helping kids succeed in school and life.

Aaron Wetzel

Youth Leader

Aaron is passionate about youth ministry and leads both our middle school, and high school ministries.

Amy Baragar

Dir. Chistian Ed.

Amy has been serving as our Christian Education (Sunday School) leader for two years. She is passionate about education, and love seeing children grow in Christ. 

Kongcheng Yang

Worship Leader

Kongcheng has a passion for leading worship and helping others draw close to God through music. 

Nancy Brinks


Nancy works hard to keep our building clean and functioning while the rest of us work hard to use every space we can.