Meet Our Church Staff!
Pastor John and Kimberly Swanson
Pastor Swanson came to Bagley in August of 2010 after serving 4 years as children's pastor in Ashland Wisconsin. Pastor John and Kimberly have been married for 20 years and have four wonderful children; Timothy, Matthew, Benjamin, and Rebecca.
Pastor Swanson graduated from Trinity Bible College in 2001 and received his license to preach from the North Dakota District Council of the Assemblies of God. Pastor Swanson served 7 years as the children's pastor at Abundant Life, then New Life Assembly of God in Ellendale, ND before serving in Ashland, WI. In April of 2010, Pastor Swanson was ordained by the Wisconsin/Northern Michigan District of the Assemblies of God.
My Testimony: I was privileged to be raised in a Christian home and from a young age I felt God with me. When I was 5 years old I almost died in a farm accident. I fell asleep on the combine and fell, hitting my head on the axle. My dad did not see me fall, but my downsyndrome brother did and told my dad. If he had not seen me, I most likely would have died. Miraculously I survived with no permanent damage. I knew that God had something in store for me and I wanted to be saved. I invited Jesus into my heart at that young age, but I didn't quite understand what it meant. I felt that every time that I sinned I had to re-invite Jesus to come in. It wasn't until I was 12 that I realized that Jesus would never leave me or forsake me and when I sinned it did not mean that Jesus left me, but that I need to seek forgiveness. At the age of 13, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at a charismatic meeting held in a chicken coop in Rural Bird Island Minnesota. Through God's love and power I am a new creation in Christ.
Articles & Resources for Church Workers
Starting a Greeter Program
Four years ago I accepted the challenge of evangelism chairperson for our church. One of the first programs the pastor and I developed was the Sunday morning greeter program.
Motivating the Right Person into the Right Ministry
One of the greatest challenges for most leaders is selecting and motivating the right people into the right ministry positions in hopes of minimizing turnover and frustration. Even in the smaller church with limited personnel, it is important to coordinate people and ministry as much as possible.
“I TRIED, BUT NO ONE EVER CALLED ME”
“I tried, but no one ever called me” are painful words for a leader who has much work to do and not enough people willing to do it. These words are painful for the person who wanted to contribute, but was never called. These are also painful words for a person who is committed to helping people connect and contribute in meaningful ways within the church.