REV. ROYAL B. GARREN, JR.
Royal Garren graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1977 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained in 1978 by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served congregations in Jackson, WY; Vail, CO; Sarasota, FL; Akron, OH; Thousand Oaks, CA; and Danbury, CT. He accepted the call to serve as our pastor in the Fall of 2004.
With roots strongly planted in the Reformed tradition, Royal always keeps his heart and mind open to the manifold ways God’s presence is revealed within our daily lives and through diverse cultures and traditions. He faithfully upholds the charge given to the Pilgrims, who would eventually establish the congregational church system, that “more light and truth has yet to break forth from God’s holy Word.”
Royal grew up in the First Presbyterian Church, Ardmore on Philadelphia’s Main Line. He is a graduate of the Haverford School. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1974.
An outdoor enthusiast, Royal is a volunteer Teacher/Naturalist at the Greenwich Audubon Center, conveniently located across the street from the Church. He strongly feels that stewardship and enjoyment of God’s created order is essential to sustaining our overall spiritual well being.
His sermons are thought provoking and challenging. While providing essential insights into the Biblical text and its rich background, he always urges worshippers to explore the numerous ways the Gospel can be applied to our own daily experience.
Royal holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian (USA) denominations. He is the proud father of two sons: Seth, who earned his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Connecticut and is currently a research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Jared, who is a graduate of Temple University, now serving in the U.S. Navy in the United Kingdom.
Music Director and Organist