2nd Congregational Church

Meet the Staff

Rev. Peter St. Martin
Senior Minister

Rev. Tracey Taylor-Kunst
Family Life Minister

Mark Loring
Director of Music Ministries

M Kelley
Sr. High Youth Director


Shelley Plambeck

Mary Harrison



More Staff Members


Rev. Peter St. Martin - Senior Minister

The Rev. Peter St. Martin served as a Chaplain in the United States Navy for 21 years.  His most recent deployment was aboard the USS Nassau where he served a crew of 2,000 Marines and Sailors.  He has also seen two deployments in combat situations, overseen a retreat program, and has served a total of 11 years at base Chapels.

The USS Nassau returned from its seven month deployment in mid-August 2010.  Pete's last day of active service was September 13, 2010 - he retired with rank of Commander.  On January 1, 2011, Pete joins Second Congregational UCC as its Senior Minister.

Prior to his service in the Navy, Pete served as Associate Minister at First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine for three years where he was primarily responsible for youth ministry along with regular preaching and worship leading responsibilities.  For the five years before that he served as Pastor at First Congregational Church in Cresco, Iowa.

Pete and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years and have two daughters.  Lisa is married and living in Richmond, Virginia and Sarah lives here in Grand Rapids.

Pete was born in Owatonna, Minnesota and was raised outside Salt Lake City, Utah.  He received his B.S. in Statistics from the University of Utah and his Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.  He was ordained in the UCC on October 25, 1981.

Email:  peter@2ndchurch.com      Phone:  (616) 361-2629 x102

Rev. Tracey Taylor-Kunst – Family Life Minister
Tracey Taylor-Kunst – Family Life Minister

Tracey Taylor-Kunst has been our Family Life Minister since November 2007.  Tracey is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has been officially called to Second Church.  She is married to Jack Kunst and they have three children:  Kevin, Joseph, and Carolyn.  Originally ordained in the United Methodist Church, she has served United Methodist and United Church of Christ congregations for 20 years.  She earned her B.A. degree from Hope College (major in sociology, minor in music), spending a summer studying Japanese culture in Japan and a semester studying the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in Jerusalem.  Her Master of Divinity degree was earned at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.  She later became certified as a Minister of Christian Education.  Tracey completed a three year training in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction at the Grand Rapids Dominican Center and now does individual and group spiritual direction.

Tracey has a passion for helping individuals (and congregations) encounter God more deeply and discover their God-given ministries.  Spiritual formation, local and global missions, and social justice ministries ignite her.  In addition to kids’ activities, Tracey loves having lunch with adults, reading, attending musicals, and international travel.

Email: tracey@2ndchurch.com, Phone: (616) 361-2629 x103

Mark Loring - Director of Music Ministries

Mark Loring, our new Director of Music Ministries, joined us in October 2010.  Mark graduated with a Masters degree in Church Music from Northwestern University in 1992.  He is married to Mary, a pastor at Twin Lake United Methodist Church, and they have two children, Sarah and Eric.  Mark is the principal organist and oversees a multi-generational music ministry program at Second Congregational.  He believes that one of his most important jobs is getting the many talented members of Second Congregational to share their gifts with the worshiping body of God.  

Email:  mark@2ndchurch.com, Phone: (616) 361-2629 x104



M Kelley - Youth Director

M Kelley joined our staff as Senior High Youth Director in September 2014. M is a 2012 graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Bible and Theology. She is married to Bec Kelley and they have one son, Jude. Prior to taking the call as Youth Director, she was involved in community education and advocacy. 

M is passionate about helping youth to grow in their own faith journeys, and helping youth to find their place in the 2nd Church community.

Email:  M@2ndchurch.com, Phone:  (616) 361-2629 x105

Shelley Plambeck - Bookkeeper



Email: shelley@2ndchurch.com, Phone: (616) 361-2629 x101



Mary Harrison - Secretary

Mary Harrison - Secretary



Email: mary@2ndchurch.com, Phone: (616) 361-2629 x106





Additional Valued Staff Members


Katie Cripps -- Wedding Coordinator

Williamina ThurkettleCustodian

Alice Scoville-- Custodian

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