Glenn Church, a fourth-generation North Monterey County resident, was born in Salinas in 1959 and grew up in the Elkhorn/Royal Oaks area. Glenn had the privilege of learning what a Supervisor does first-hand from his father, Warren Church, who represented the area during his tenure as North County Supervisor from 1965-1977. From a young age, Glenn often accompanied his father on the campaign trail as well as attending county meetings, where he learned the importance of local government.
Being raised in that environment taught Glenn the vital significance of public service, and that government should make life easier for people rather than being an obstacle. As Supervisor, he is committed to serving his constituents throughout the district, which is the only supervisorial district with a majority of the unincorporated residents and includes over half the unincorporated population of Monterey County — county residents who depend on their Supervisor to solve problems.
Glenn's commitment to his community is part of his family's long legacy of service to North Monterey County. Just after the Civil War, Glenn's great-grandfather L.W. Church purchased 3,000 acres of dairy acreage near the Elkhorn Slough. He served as a Justice of the Peace and grand juror in Monterey County, and in the late 1870s ran for county Supervisor, losing by 38 votes. In the following election, he backed his business associate and neighbor Juan Bautista Castro, for whom Castroville is named, in Castro’s successful race for Supervisor.
Throughout his life Glenn has been active in numerous organizations at local, state and national levels. His community service started in his late teens, when he served on a youth committee for Royal Oaks Park, to most recently as president of the Fire Safe Council For Monterey County. Glenn’s involvement has ranged from developing the first native tree protection ordinance and advocating for the public’s right to know regarding experimental agricultural testing in the 1980s to serving on the Salinas Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency interim board. Over the years, he has also been involved in state and national issues, including serving for six years on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, the world’s largest human rights organization, where he served as program chair for its 300,000 members.
Glenn is currently a member of the Monterey County Historical Society, League of Women Voters, California Christmas Tree Growers Association and the Prunedale and Aromas Granges. His past memberships include the Prunedale Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Citizens of North Monterey County, Springfield Grange and many informal committees regarding local issues. Glenn attended local schools at Elkhorn, Moss Landing, Salinas High and Hartnell College, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1980.
A long-time businessman and farmer, Glenn has worked for himself since age 18, establishing a landscape supply company while still a college student at UC Santa Cruz and which he continued to run for more than 40 years. Glenn now lives and manages the same properties that his father and great-grandfather have farmed since the 1920s, now a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm established in the 1950s.
In 2020, Glenn and his wife, journalist Kathryn McKenzie, co-authored the local history book "Humbled: How California's Monterey Bay Escaped Industrial Ruin." Between them they have four adult sons: Jackson Church, a songwriter/music producer and property manager; Kristopher Church, a graphic designer and tree farmer in training; Ross Nichols, a marine biologist; and Hunter Nichols, a hardware engineer.