Rev. David J. Cowell

Designated Minister

Rev. Cowell joined First Congregational Church in November 2011 as a Designated Term Pastor. Pastor David was born and raised in Palo Alto and attended UC Berkeley, where he earned a degree in History. After moving to New York City, Pastor David earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. At Union, David studied with some of the leading voices in theology and ethics. Pastor David has a particular interest in ministry focused on comfort at the end of life, and also serves as Manager of Spiritual Care Services at Pathways Home Health and Hospice while he serves our community.

Pastor David believes that Progressive Theology is entering an incredibly exciting time with young pastors comfortable with contemporary and emergent worship styles finding a home in progressive theological thinking. “This is really the best of all worlds, and I think it is giving hope to our congregations who have been struggling with a tidal wave of change from all directions. It’s going to make us more resilient and better able to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.”

Pastor David is finding synchronicity with the FCC Interim Music Director, Aaron Mont, and is successfully finding ways to serve the spiritual and worship needs of our diverse congregation. “Music and art are often the key that opens the door to a deeper experience of God.” Pastor David loves to sing, practices yoga, and is a voracious reader. He also loves to cook and eat.

Come by and say hello to Pastor David on Sundays, before and after the services, or by appointment. He is easy going and welcoming to all!

(415) 441-8901 Ext 153