Miami Township, Ohio - The Staff Parish Relations Committee of Epiphany United Methodist announced today that Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher has been appointed as the next senior pastor at the Miami Township church.
Swisher is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Centerville United Methodist Church. He is a third generation United Methodist leader, known as a dynamic speaker and a pastor to pastors. As a child, he had the opportunity to live abroad as his parents served the United Methodist Church in multiple countries. He spent his high school and college years in New Mexico (NMSU) and then attended United Theological Seminary (UTS) in Dayton, Ohio. He holds advanced degrees including the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Sacred Humane Letters.
Swisher has served and led churches of all sizes from less than 100 to more than 6,000 members. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at UTS and serves on the Miami Valley District Leadership team.
Swisher and his wife Kellie, who has a career in a Texas based ministry, have been married since 2008 and have a three year old daughter, Emily.
In a message he sent to the Epiphany congregation, he said"
It is a great privilege and a highlight in my ministry journey to join the Epiphany UMC family as your next Senior Pastor. You have a dynamic, giving, open and mission minded focus that I value deeply. And I am thrilled to be in ministry with you as together we discover the next chapter God has for us as a family of faith. Please keep me in prayer especially during the next several weeks of transition as I will each of you.
Your friend and partner in mission and ministry,
Swisher fills the vacancy of Rev. Dr. Doug Damron who recently accepted the appointment as the Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church of Toledo after serving at Epiphany for nearly 12 years. Swisher will begin work the first weekend of October.