INDIANAPOLIS - The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church Board of Directors has named the Rev. Gregory McGarvey, senior pastor of the Carmel United Methodist Church, as president of its board of directors effective July 1.
He succeeds the Rev. Rob Renfroe, who was named President and Publisher of Good News: The Magazine for United Methodist Renewal. Renfroe succeeds Dr. James V. Heidinger II, of Wilmore, Ky., who is retiring after 28 years of service to Good News, A Forum for Scriptural Christianity.
McGarvey has served as first vice-president of the same board having served on the Board of Directors since 1999. He was instrumental in starting this renewal movement in the South Indiana Conference and developed the Bloomington Declaration, modeled after the Houston and Memphis Declarations, forerunners of The Confessing Movement.
McGarvey has served the South Indiana Conference for the past 35 years in small rural churches, a downtown-county seat church, a small town church, and three urban-suburban churches. He was New Albany District Superintendent (1983-1988). He also served as chairperson of the South Indiana Conference Administrative Council, a member of South Indiana Conference Executive Committee, a six-time delegate to General Conference, and a member of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.
Upon his election, Indiana State Senator Patricia Miler of Indianapolis, executive director of The Confessing Movement said, "I know Greg as a strong and compassionate leader, who is faithful to our Lord and Savior and lives out that faith in his daily life."
McGarvey is married to Peggy Ann Drake. They have two sons, Christopher and Joshua. In 1988, McGarvey studied United Methodist missions in Indonesia, People's Republic of China, Korea, and Japan, rekindling his passion for Christian mission. His hobbies include planning exciting family vacations, sailing, tennis and collecting antique automobiles.