Rev. Shawn Garvey
Rev. Garvey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Long Island University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School. He has served in ministry for over 20 years, and as Senior Minister to First Congregational Church of Winter Park since 2013.
Selected as one of Winter Park Magazine’s “Most Influential People” in 2016,
he served as Interim Dean at Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College from 2014 – 2016, during which he served as Faculty Advisor for Rollins’ Interfaith Group “Coexist,” on task forces for homelessness, hunger, and domestic violence, led retreats and workshops for student leadership groups, and was instrumental in acquiring space in Knowles Chapel for a new Interfaith space on campus.
Rev. Garvey has served on the Executive Board and the Board of Directors of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, as an original member of the "No Name Civility Posse," a gathering of Winter Park leaders seeking to create a more civil, compassionate dialog in Winter Park around issues important to the city while building a better sense of community, and also sits on the Board of Directors of The Mayflower Retirement Community, which the church founded in 1989.
In the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rev. Garvey was instrumental in transitioning the church to a completely virtual format, gathering church leaders to create and lead daily virtual programming, as well as becoming a video producer and content creator producing the weekly worship video, daily email meditations, video affirmations, as well as a weekly podcast "Conversatology," all of which can be found on the "Blog" page of this website.
An avid singer and guitar player, Rev. Garvey has opened and performed with the likes of Livingston Taylor and Marshall Crenshaw. He also performed annual John Denver tribute shows with Denver's former lead guitar player, Steve Weisberg, who appeared on 7 of Denver's 9 platinum albums.
Additionally, Rev. Garvey is a “Preferred Officiant” for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Walt Disney World.
Rev. Garvey enjoys cooking (especially grilling), being at the ocean, travel, all things “tech” and is completely addicted to the “Lord of The Rings” trilogy, which he watches every year for his birthday (Extended Edition, of course!)
Above all, he adores all the time he can spend with his wife and two boys all of whom he loves "to the moon and back."