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First Congregational Church of Winter Park was the very first church founded in this community back in 1884, and ever since it has been a presence of faith and support for the spiritual lives of the residents here.

From its founding roots with Rollins College to its early post-Civil War work against segregation and assisting surrounding African-American communities, this church has been a profound presence in Winter Park.


With vibrant, relevant worship, superb Christian Education and faith formation, a flagship music program, an exemplary Preschool and Kindergarten program, mission trips, amazing youth programs, commitment to an “Open and Affirming” church where everyone is welcome and programs for all ages, First Congregational Church is a special place to discover and call home.


Sr. Minister Shawn Garvey

Shawn holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School, has served as Senior Minister to First Congregational Church of Winter Park since 2013, and in 2023 celebrates 25 years of serving churches in pulpit ministry.

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Dr. John V. Sinclair

Music Director

In addition to being Director of Music at FCCWP, Dr. John V. Sinclair serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College.   He is celebrating his 20th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and is the conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals.

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Kerry Weisner

Director of Faith Formation

A graduate from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, Kerry Weisner found her way to First Congregational Church in Winter Park over 20 years ago.

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Mary Joe Searl

Executive Director

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