February 20, 2019

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Reverend Cynthia Cochran-Carney

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Pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney is an Orange County native who has returned to her roots after serving churches in Indiana, Wisconsin, Northern California, and New Jersey.  A graduate of University of Oregon and San Francisco Theological Seminary, she enjoys preaching, leading worship, teaching Bible studies, singing, working with teenagers, and leading women’s retreats. She is a lover of quilts and fabric art.  Before seminary, she served as the summer student pastor in Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Most recently she served as the Pastor of Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, New Jersey for 11 years. She has been active with refugee resettlement and interfaith ministries. 

She finds joy in spending time with her family, exploring Celtic spirituality, visiting national parks, reading novels, hiking, going to plays, and finding humor in daily life. (Ask her about the first place laughter appears in the Bible!) Cynthia and her husband, Jeffrey Cochran-Carney (who is also a Presbyterian pastor), have two young adult sons, Jackson and Joshua.  Cynthia and Jeffrey live in Aliso Viejo with their golden retriever, Sophia.


Cynthia became our Transitional Pastor in November 2017 and will have office hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


She can be reached at pastorcynthia@fpcgg.org

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