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Rev. Will McGarvey

Reverend Will McGarvey has been Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County since Sept. 2013.  McGarvey serves the Council on a part-time basis, as he also serves part-time as Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg.  The Interfaith Council represents 107 diverse faith communities throughout Contra Costa County.  Its mission statement reads:

“We as people from a diversity of religions, spiritual traditions and sectors of society, gather to manifest our unity as we promote the spirit of community, service and cooperation through the work of the Interfaith Council.”

Under his leadership, the Council has deepened its commitment to interreligious conversation and launched a new Youth Leadership Initiative. McGarvey has also been active with East County United, one of the Council’s local interfaith groups.  He serves as a Teaching Elder (Minister) member in good standing of the Presbytery of San Francisco, which has congregations in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Serving as a Presbyterian Church (USA)-United Church of Christ union congregation, he has ecumenical contacts throughout Northern California. He also led the congregation as it became the first New Sanctuary Movement Church in Northern California, helping a local family get their deportation order overturned in the courts. He has been involved in a variety of interfaith celebration services, and offered witness to our different faith tradition’s support of rights for all immigrants.

“Will brings a deep passion and commitment to interfaith work that is unparalleled,” said Rev. Leslie Takahashi Morris, who serves as co-chair of the Council and also participated as a member of the search committee which recommended McGarvey to the Board. “He approaches the many religious traditions represented in our county with respect and a genuine curiosity.  And he has a long history as an activist against religious intolerance in the Bay Area.  Will speaks out and reminds us that the purpose of religion is to bind together and not to tear apart.”