Pastor and Staff
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Rev. Robert K. Shively, Senior Pastor
Growing up in an artsy family with painters and sculptors for aunts and uncles, Robert assumed he would follow the family tradition with a professional art career. His parents were more than a little startled to find him pursuing a graduate degree toward ordination.
After completing his master’s degree at Pacific School of Religion, (and winning a preaching award), he joined two other graduates to form ARTSS, (Artists Revitalizing & Transforming Sacred Space). This collaborative passionately believes all creativity is sacred, and works to unlock people’s creative potential. He brings an artist’s care to the ministry of creating sacred moments.
During the past decade, he has worked as an interim pastor at churches in Modesto, San Jose, Fairfax, and most recently, at College Heights Church in San Mateo. Rev. Shively was also an intern at MCCSF from 1996-1998.
Grace Renaud, Music Director
After a six year hiatus—during which time she played music at Grace Cathedral and St. Dominic’s—the multi-talented Grace Renaud returned as our music director in 2011.
Grace has been working in church music since 1996. She began singing and playing piano at MCCSF in 1999, and was music director from 2003-2005. Her work in the queer community includes playing at Miss TGSF 2005, and singing, playing, or directing for LGCSF, SFGMC, GLAM, and many inclusive church communities. She attended the international GALA Choral Festivals in Montreal (2004), Miami (2008) and Denver (2012). Currently, she is the principal pianist for the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and has a private piano studio.
Steve Marlowe, Finance and Accounting
Steve Marlowe is a native of Chicago, where he was educated (University of Illinois Chicago), liberated (moved to Boys Town and then came out), and spiritually emancipated at Good Shepherd Parish MCC in 1979. A bookkeeper by trade, he has worked and volunteered at several non-profits over the years. At GSP he held service positions as Deacon, Lay Preacher, and Board Vice-Moderator. He also founded the Contemporary Gospel Singers, and Brother (a queer spirit rock band), both of which headlined Chicago Pride and many other events. He moved to San Francisco in 1989, and immediately joined MCCSF and the Worship & Praise ensemble. From there he became involved in various communities, coordinating over 100 retreats and workshops focusing on community building. When not reconciling bank statements, you can find him playing guitars at Taizé and Worship & Praise, or obeying his four-pawed boys Malcolm and Mortimer.