Bishop Swanson to preach at Louisville FUMC

bishop-publicity-photo Bishop James Swanson Sr. will be the guest speaker at the morning worship service at Louisville First United Methodist Church on April 3.

“It is an honor for us to host the outstanding Bishop of the Mississippi Conference, and we hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to hear this man preach God’s Word,” said Rev. Mike Childs of Louisville FUMC.

Swanson will be the guest speaker at the morning worship service, set for 11 a.m. in the Christian Life Center (CLC) building at Louisville FUMC. There is a ground floor entrance from the parking lot behind the church. The public is invited to attend.

The CLC will serve as the temporary sanctuary for First UMC Louisville, at the church begins a new renovation project at is anticipated to last 10 months.

“We hope everyone will come for this special occasion,” Childs said.

Dr. Embra Jackson, Starkville District Superintendent, said it is an incredible blessing to have Bishop Swanson preach in the district.

“He is a dynamic preacher, spiritual leader, administrator, etc.,” Jackson said. “Once you hear the Bishop preach, you will thank God for this ‘man of God.’ We invite all to come and hear Bishop Swanson and to be blessed!”

Swanson is the Episcopal Leader for the Mississippi Annual Conference. He is a native of Houston, Texas. He has a bachelor of science in Christian Ministries from Southern Bible College in Houston; a Master of Divinity from C. H. Mason Seminary, Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. and a Doctorate of Humanities from Rust College in Holly Springs.

Swanson was elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church and assigned to the Knoxville Episcopal Area in June 2004. He became resident bishop of the Mississippi Area September 1, 2012. Bishop Swanson is currently serving as the president of the General Commission on United Methodist Men.  He is also a member of the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church, the Path One Advisory Board and the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities.

He is married to Delphine Yvonne Ramsey Swanson. They are the proud parents of six children- Karen Swanson Jenkins, James, Jr., Shondell, Carlton, JaNae’ and Joshua.  The Swansons also have 10 grandchildren.

For more information about Bishop Swanson, go to or contact the Starkville District office of the United Methodist Church at (662) 324-0198.



See this story in the March 23, 2016 edition of The Webster Progress Times at

See this story in the March 18, 2016 edition of The Starkville District Newsletter at 3-18-16 newsletter.

See this story in the March 23, 2016 edition of The Winston County Journal at



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