Staff

Our Staff

Ron Meyr - Sr. PastorPastor Ron Meyr is the Head Pastor of Faith Viera Lutheran. He grew up in southeast Missouri and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo in 1980. He and Pamela meet in St. Paul’s Jr. College (Mo.) and have been married for 43 years. Their two sons live in Philadelphia and Albuquerque and two grandsons in Philly.After graduation, Pastor Meyr served in Sask. At a dual church for 6 years; then in south New Jersey for nine years before coming to Viera in 1996. It has been a joy for him and Pam to be able to help start mission churches.His preference would be to live in a tent; hike and kayak the backwoods of Florida.You can contact Pastor Meyr at 321.636.5504 or rmeyr@faithviera.org.
Elaine Gregori - Church Organist Elaine joins our church family August 15th, 2021. She comes to us from Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Cocoa Beach, FL where she was Director of Choirs and church service organist. "I find making music to lead worship, building community, and support the Word of God very rewarding. " Elaine graduated from Arizona State University with a masters degree in Performance, Pedagogy - Concentration: Voice. You can contact Elaine at 321.636.5504 or egregori@faithviera.org Judy Thompson - Church AdministratorJudy Thompson has been the Church Administrator for Faith 'Viera' since they opened their new sanctuary and office building in 1998. At that time, the church had a membership of about 110. Faith has now grown to almost 700 members with four worship services.Judy and husband, Dorsey, moved to Brevard in 1998 due to a job transfer (for Dorsey) to the Space Center. Prior to Florida they lived in Washington State where she also worked as a Church Admin. Job transfers have moved the Thompsons from sea to shining sea over the past 20 years. God has blessed them with their longest stay in Brevard County where they hope to stay!Judy can be reached at 321.636.5504 or jthompson@faithviera.org.
Rev. Dr. Doug Fountain - Family Counselor Dr. Douglas Fountain spent the early years of his life in Merritt Island, FL graduating from Cocoa High and Brevard Community College. He continued his education at Georgia Southern College with a degree in Applied Sociology. He then entered Concordia Theological Seminary graduating in 1983 with a Master of Divinity degree. He served the next 30 years as Senior Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Lake Worth, Florida, continuing his education at Barry University, obtaining his Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work in 1992. He holds a Florida License as a Clinical Social Worker and is approved as a clinical supervisor. He has a broad range of clinical experience in Individual and Family Counseling as well as special training in the many facets of Trauma care. He serves Brevard County as a Chaplain for the Sheriff’s Office, and looks forward to serving the needs of the members of Faith Viera Lutheran Church. Dr. Fountain has been married to Jane for the last 46 years. They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and soon 2 great-grandchildren. You can reach him at 561-254-1254.
Fran Kashchy - Faith Place DirectorFran has been a member of Faith Viera Lutheran Church for over five years and been serving as Director of Faith Place since the ministry began in November of 2018. Prior to her position as Director of Faith Place, Fran has worked in church ministry as a Director of Christian Education for over 31 years in a variety of churches throughout the country. Fran also serves as a Speaker for Stonecroft Ministries sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with women from all walks of life. She serves as a volunteer at Viera Hospital in Spiritual Care and leads Women's Bible Studies. Fran earned her BA in Family Studies from Corban University (formally Western Baptist College in Salem, OR.) and continued her studies at Regent University in Norfolk, VA. Fran has been married to John for 46 years and they have four children and eight grandchildren (who reside around the country). Fran has a passion for ministry and to share God's Truth and love with all she comes in contact with. She feels humbled and honored to be serving at Faith Viera Lutheran Church, caring for God's precious people. Besides ministry, Fran enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, her cat Tony, biking and hours in her garden.
Reverend Stephen Schafer - Part Time Pastoral StaffRev. Schafer was raised in Miami, FL and got his bachelors degree from the University of Florida in business administration. He taught middle school at St. Matthews LC where he also did youth ministry and met and married his wife, Ana Julia (Julie) Valdes who was called to teach third grade. He graduated from the seminary in St. Louis and took a call to be Mission Developer and first Pastor in Ocala, FL. for 13 years. While in Ocala he served on the district youth board, as Circuit Counselor, and helped to start three congregations. He then took a call to Baltimore to a church with a school where he service for 20 years. In retirement He assisted two congregations that were vacant until they moved to Florida, where they settled in Rockledge, FL.
Reverend Steve Holtman - Part Time Pastoral StaffRev. Holtman served almost 25 years in the United States Army and over 10 years with Caterpillar, Inc. in logistics. In 2012, Rev Holtman was re-directed when he and his wife, Kathy, began doing a variety of domestics and international missions. He was called to the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program in Virginia in the fall of 2016 and was ordained in 2019 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Kettering, Ohio. The Holtman's recently moved to the Viera areal.
Reverend Curt Heydt - Part Time Pastoral StaffRev. Heydt is a retired Army Chaplin having serviced multiple overseas deployments. He and his wife Jane, have been married 52 years. They reside in The Villages of Viera East.