Rev. Dr. Stephen Lowell Swisher is the Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio.
He is known for his dynamic and positive approach to issues facing America today and his ability to make the Bible applicable in everyday life.
Dr. Swisher serves on the West Ohio Clergy Ethics Training Task Force and is a Certified Trainer for the Faith Trust Institute in the areas of Clergy Ethics, Healthy Boundaries and Safe Sanctuaries.
On June 7, 2017 at a Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference, Dr. Swisher was awarded the Harry Denman Excellence in Evangelism Award from the Foundation for Evangelism in Nashville, TN and the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was selected out of more than 1,000 pastors for his exceptional leadership in evangelism which brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dr. Swisher has served as a Doctoral Mentor and Adjunct Faculty member in Preaching and Leadership at United Theological Seminary. In 2013 he was selected as the UTS Alumni of the Year, an award voted on annually by the faculty, students and administration officials of the School. This award highlighted his impact on the General Church through skillful use of preaching and social media.
Dr. Swisher has served on the Board of Directors of United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH); McMurry University (Abilene, TX); Lydia Patterson Institute (El Paso, TX); and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the Campus of Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX).
He is a fourth generation Methodist leader and has pastored Churches of all sizes ranging from small, new Church start, county seat and large Church appointments.
Dr. Swisher holds advanced degrees including the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Sacred Literature.
He is the author of God's Way to Good Health published by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Press. Dr. Swisher is often featured as a guest author in Christian periodicals and writes a popular weekly column in The Toledo Blade.
Dr. Swisher recently concluded 5 years of service as the Chaplain of the Ohio State Senate and has also opened the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in Prayer.
Due to his vast experience and genuine authenticity, it has been said that "Dr. Swisher can relate to anyone about anything at anytime."