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 2015 Rev. Garvey helped create an annual event in Winter Park called "Side-By-Side" which celebrates the gifts of the city by bringing people together from all walks of life in the community. Politicians, First Responders, Clergy, Business People, Educators and Artists all gather to celebrate the unique gifts of Winter Park and it's residents, and it has become a favorite event each year for the residents of the city.
Additionally, Rev. Garvey is a “Preferred Officiant” for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings at Walt Disney World.
Rev. Garvey 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."