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Terence J. Clark, Chair of Board & President
Carolyn MacKenzie, Vice President
Rev. Eileen Lindsay, Treasurer
Judith Stillman, Secretary & Chair of Winter Nights
Fr. Thomas Bonacci
Dr. Ejaz Naqvi
Stuart Candland

Note: Under the By-Laws, the Directors are voted into office by the Elected Council; and the Directors then elect the Officers of the Non-Profit Corporation, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.


Classes of Elected Council for the Years 2016-2018

2016 2017 2018
(1) Dr. Amer Araim,

Walnut Creek Islamic Center

Trinka Wasik,

First Church of Christ Scientist, Danville

Father Tom Bonacci,

Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Commission, Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Interfaith Peace Project, Antioch

(2) Loel Bartlett Miller,

Sufism Reoriented, Walnut Creek

Dr. Ejaz Naqvi,

Islamic Center of Zahra, Pleasanton


Maram Bata, East Bay Islamic Community, Orinda, SRVIC, San Ramon
(3) Terry Clark,

Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church

Judy Stillman ,

SOJA and Winter Nights

Judith Hall, UMC Walnut Creek, Church Women United
(4) Susan Lawson,

First Presbyterian, Concord

Mary Lee Dodd,

Crisis Response Team, Rossmoor St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Eileen Lindsay,

Walnut Creek United Methodist Church

(5) Hazzan Risa Wallach, Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek Satya Kalra,

Path to Anandam,



Janice Odell, Baha’i,Community, Walnut Creek, Rossmoor Interfaith Council
(6) Rev. Hubert Ivery,

Orinda United Methodist Church

Rev. Caroline Knowles, Unitarian Universalist Church Berkeley, Chaplaincy Team Ralph & Celia Page, Concord Stake, Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-Day Saints
(7) Carolyn MacKenzie, Congregational United Church of Christ, Hillcrest Stuart Candland

Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-Day Saints, Oakland Stake

Ken Sargent, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
(8) Sukhdev Singh,

Guru Ravidass Sikh Temple, Pittsburg

Evelyn Candland,

Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-Day Saints, Oakland Stake

Harry Wittenberg, Congregation B’nai Tikvah,

Walnut Creek


The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (I4C) is an autonomous local organization solely governed by its own Executive Committee, elected by the membership at the Council’s annual meeting. The Executive Committee meets monthly. Much of the Council’s work is carried on by committees, appointed as needed to care for specialized tasks.

The Interfaith Council began as the Council of Churches, and 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 which represent the growing pluralistic population of Contra Costa County. We remain committed to supporting the diverse religious and communities in our county.

Program areas have expanded to include Health and Faith in Action, Social Justice Alliance, Singing Messengers, Finance, Spirituality, and our new Youth and Young Adult Leadership Initiative.

There are 107 congregations and organizations holding membership and affiliation from a wide range of Christian and other faith traditions, including Jewish, Buddhist, Baha’i, Unitarian, Islamic, Sikh, Unity, Latter-Day Saints, and Religious Science.

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Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, where the ICCCC Office is located.



Our Staff include:

• Executive Director – Rev. Will McGarvey
• Office Manager – Jessica Natal
• Juvenile Detention Facilities Chaplain – The Rev. Dr. Charles Tinsley
• Singing Messengers – Jackie Wan

Interim Executive Director

Mission Statement

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 Council is able to sustain the Chaplaincy Program and provide these minitries only because of the generous and regular support of people like you and congregations such as yours. These ministries are carried out on your behalf, and would not be possible without your support.

Contributions toward the work of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County may be sent by check or money order to 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94597. Designations toward one of our programs, including the chaplaincy ministry of the Rev. Dr. Charles Tinsley, may be noted on the memo line.

The Interfaith Council is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.