Rev. 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 a quarter century of serving churches in pulpit ministry.
Selected as one of Winter Park Magazine’s “Most Influential People," Shawn currently serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Conference, U.C.C. He has served as Interim Dean of Religious Life at Rollins College, on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Mayflower Retirement Community, the Professional Advisory Group for CPE at AdventHealth Orlando, Faith Representative of the Winter Park Visioning Steering Committee, helped create and facilitate "Side-By-Side," an annual celebration of the people of Winter Park, and is an original member of the "No-Name Civility Posse;" a collective of Winter Park leaders from across a wide spectrum of vocations and experience seeking more civil and compassionate dialogue in civic matters.
An accomplished singer and guitar player, Shawn has opened and performed with the likes of Livingston Taylor, Marshall Crenshaw, and performed annual John Denver tribute shows with his dear friend the late Steve Weisberg, Denver's former lead guitar player, who appeared on 7 of Denver's 9 platinum albums. He wrote, recorded, and produced three albums and worked with musician Paul Summerlin, formerly with Grammy-winner Seal. A regular performer at the"Music At The Casa" series at Casa Feliz Historic House Museum, Shawn continues to sing for city events, fundraisers, and still performs the occasional John Denver show.
He's even sung at weddings at Disney, where he is a “Preferred Officiant” for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Walt Disney World and appeared on "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic 2" as the officiant for the Mary Poppins-themed wedding. (No, he did not meet Lin-Manuel Miranda....)
Shawn enjoys woodworking, cooking, 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."