This is the page where I'm supposed to talk about myself, something I'm admittedly not comfortable doing, and judge I'm not very good at. Not sure what you may or may not want to know about me, I'm not sure exactly what to say. So I took the 'buckshot approach', and included a little bit of everything. The serious, professional details are here:
Trained and commissioned as a Lay Pastor (now referred to as Commissioned Ruling Elder) in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I served congregations in central Illinois and the larger church from 1989-2014. From 1996-2014, I had the honor of pastoring Knox Presbyterian Church in Springfield, IL. My service to the larger church included serving on the presbytery's Committee on Preparation for Ministry, a term as Council Chair, as the Dean of Great Rivers Presbytery's second Lay Pastor Training Academy, and as Co-Moderator of the Church Orders and Ministry Committee at the 213th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, (USA).
I received a Master of Arts Degree in Child, Family, and Community Services in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Springfield. An adjunct professor at UIS from 1992-2002, I taught basic helping skills courses for the Criminal Justice program.
As President and CEO of W-K Swaar Enterprises, Inc., I currently oversee the management of our family's farming operation in Central Illinois.
But then there's also this...
Retired pastor, retired teacher, frustrated writer, struggling quilter, amateur genealogist, sports junkie, corporate CEO. Most days are spent writing, reading, sewing, ripping, digging up dead relatives, watching football, and searching for antique glassware, with occasional forays into marketing and bookkeeping, and minute-by-minute management of my Pepperidge Farm Goldfish habit. Unless, of course, I happen to be at Disney World.
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