Reverend Matthew Crebbin
Rev. Matthew Crebbin has been Senior Minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, UCC since 2007. He has served faith communities in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A sought after preacher and lecturer, his ministry has focused upon a variety of areas including: theological dialogue, ecumenical and interfaith partnerships, youth and young adult ministries – as well as justice and peace advocacy. He is the Coordinator of the Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association.
With his close colleague and friend, Rabbi Shaul Praver, he co-founded the ad-hoc group Newtown Victims & Clergy for Corporate Responsibility which works closely with the National Gun Victims Action Council.
Rev. Crebbin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he received a BA in Legal Studies in 1988. He received his M.Div. from Andover Newtown Theological School in 1994. He has served in leadership capacity on a number of local, regional and international organizations including: Rotary International, Habitat for Humanity, and various other Health and Human Services organizations.
Since the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, Rev. Crebbin has worked with a broad coalition of faith leaders in CT and nationally to build bridges of understanding and compassion between diverse communities.
He has been a leader in promoting peace and reconciliation near and far and has offered his voice and support to the passing of gun safety legislation and finding other means locally and nationally to reduce gun violence in all communities.