About the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County:

ICCCC is a non-profit, 501 c (3) organization solely governed by its Elected Council and Governing Board. Its mission states,

“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.”

The Interfaith Council, as the Council of Churches, was originally organized for the primary purpose of providing chaplaincy ministries in various county institutions on behalf of local congregations. The Council became interfaith in 1997, widening its membership to include congregations and faith organizations that represent the growing pluralistic population of Contra Costa County. The council remains committed to supporting the religious and communities in our county. Program areas have expanded to include Health and Faith in Action, Social Justice, Interfaith Understanding Programs, the Interfaith Climate Action Program and our new Youth and Young Adult Leadership Initiative.  To see our recent ICCCC Announcements, go here.  For  ICCCC Statements, go here.

There are 108 congregations and organizations holding membership and affiliation from a wide range of faith traditions and life philosophies, including Agnostic, Atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Humanist, Islamic, Jewish, Non-Theist, Paganisms, Sikh, Sufi, Religious Science, Unitarian Universalist, Unity and a plurality of Christians, including Catholic, Christian Science, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, New Thought, Pentecostal, Protestant and Orthodox.  We are also a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative, whose global headquarters are in San Francisco.

The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (I4C) is an autonomous local organization overseen by its own Governing Board of Directors, with an advisory and consultative Elected Council of representatives, who are drawn from its 108 member congregations and organizations, and elected at the I4C annual meeting. The Governing Board meets monthly except August and provides leadership in the sacred work of the Council.  With members of diverse faiths, gender and race, the Board builds and provides a sacred container that through its leadership, will nurture the growth towards a world of interfaith peace. 

The Elected Council meets monthly except July and all are invited to participate in those meetings on the second Thursdays of the month in the Fellowship Hall at Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

The Elected Council

* Carolyn MacKenzie  (Hillcrest Congregational United Church of Christ)
* Terri Moss  (Temple Isaiah, Lafayette)
* Ken Sargent  (Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church)

* Biff Barnard  (United Religions Initiative, Walnut Creek)
Dr. Erica Bains (Member of the Sikh Community)
Maram Bata  (San Ramon Valley Islamic Community, SRVIC)
* Nancy Battey (First Church of Christ, Scientist, Pleasant Hill)
Elder Thea Bristlebroom (Covenant of the Goddess, Wicca)
Rev. Sharon Campton (Interfaith Chaplain, LOPC)
Mohamed Chaudhry   (Islamic Center of the East Bay)
* Terence Clark  (Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church)
Rev. Robert Collins (Science of Mind Minister, Centers for Spiritual Living)
Courtney Cummings (Native American, Richmond)
Negar Dadgari  (MTO School of Islamic Sufism) Berkeley
Felicity Grove  (Covenant of the Goddess, Pleasant Hill)
Judith Hall  (UMC Walnut Creek, Church Women United)
Gayle Humphrey (Community of Christ, Walnut Creek)
Joyce Humphrey (Community of Christ, Walnut Creek)
Ben Jones  (Baha’i Community of Walnut Creek)
Rev. Colin Kerr-Carpenter  (Walnut Creek United Methodist Church)
Rev. Rodney Lemery (Mt. Diablo UU Church, Interfaith Prison Ministry)
Diane Maltester (First Christian Church, Concord)
Celia Menczel (Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek)
* Channing Miller  (Interfaith Ministry and Spiritual Direction Studies at the Chaplaincy Institute)
Christine Nadeau  (Christ the Lord Episcopal Church, Pinole, West County)
Gary Napper (Church of Jesus Christ, LDS, Walnut Creek)
Kim Napper (Church of Jesus Christ, LDS, Walnut Creek) 
Rev. Margaret Niles (Interfaith Chaplain, ChI)
Carolyn Peters (Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill)
Zula Reeves (Unity Walnut Creek)
* Judith Stillman  (SoJA and Winter Nights, Lafayette UMC)
Randy Thomas  (Interfaith Peace Project, Concord)
Jenifer Zetlan (Beth Chaim Congregation) 

* Member of the Governing Board

You are invited to dialogue with us each month at our Elected Council Meeting!  Right now we meet on Zoom during the Shelter-At-Home orders.  Normally, we meet the Second Thursday of each month (except July) at 8:00 am in the Fellowship Hall at Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC.  Breakfast begins at 8:00 and our dialogues begin right at 8:30 am.  All are invited!  Email interfaithcccc@gmail.com to receive the zoom meeting information.  

The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County depends on contributions from member congregations and individuals who support our mission of promoting interfaith understanding.  To make a tax deductible donation, please make your check to Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and mail it to our office at 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Suite 205; Walnut Creek, CA 94597.  For credit card donations, please visit our web site and go to the Donate page.

New address and phone number!

Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
404 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
925.822.3744 office

Rev. Will McGarvey, the Executive Director can be contacted at:
925.933.6030 mobile

Become a Member today!  

Membership is open to congregations and institutions as well as individuals!
Individual memberships will be received beginning March 1, 2017.

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Our Reach

108 Congregations
51 Years Serving Juvenile Det. Center
60 Yearly Singing Messengers Events
100’s Winter Nights Families Served

Our Valuable Staff Members

Rev. Will McGarvey
Rev. Will McGarveyExec. Director
Will has served as our part-time E.D. since Sept. 2012, overseeing all of our many programs, ministries and connecting our regional Interfaith Council’s work with the whole. A natural networker, Will helps bring people together around dialogue, understanding and action.
Rev. Julius Van Hook
Rev. Julius Van HookInterfaith Juvenile Chaplain
Rev. Julius started with the new year and has experience as the Supervising Chaplain at the Alameda County Probation Dept.  Let us welcome Rev. Julius Van Hook as our new county Interfaith Juvenile Chaplain serving the young people most in need of his ministry!  
Charlotte Ginn
Charlotte GinnOffice Manager
Charlotte serves as Office Manager for both the Council and the Winter Nights programs. Her office hours are M, T, Th from 8:00 to 12:30 pm. If you have submissions for the Ministering Together Newsletter or need to contact the Singing Messengers, you can call or email all week long.
Judy Stillman & Bill Shaw
Judy Stillman & Bill ShawWinter Nights E.D & Program Manager
Judy and Bill oversee our amazing seasonal rotating shelter for families with children. You can see more about the whole program at the link above. Judy leads our Homeless Summit on the first Monday of each month at 2:00 pm. Bill oversees our great staff and intakes of clients. Thanks Judy and Bill.