Fred W. Swartz

Rev. Dr. Fred W. Swartz

The Rev. Dr. Fred W. Swartz is a Church of the Brethren retired pastor. He is the son of Avis Mundy Swartz and the late George W. Swartz, who reared him in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the town of New Hope in Augusta County. He most recently served the Manassas, Va. Church of the Brethren, where he was senior pastor from September 1983 until August 2003. Prior to his pastorate in Manassas, Swartz was a member of the staff of the General Board of his denomination. In that capacity he was Director of Communications and Stewardship and book editor for Brethren Press.

Following graduation from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1961, Swartz served two pastorates: a new church start, the Summerdean Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Va.; and seven years as pastor of First Church of the Brethren, Harrisburg, Pa., an inner-city congregation. He served ten years, 2003-2012 as Secretary of the Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, an elected, volunteer assignment that ended with the 2012 Annual Conference, July 4-7, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a past member of the denomination’s national deacon cabinet. An author of several books and articles, Swartz also conducted frequent workshops on deacon ministry throughout the denomination from 1983-2008. He served six years as a member of the Brethren HealthCare Foundation Board of the Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, Va. He was active for 25 years as a volunteer in both local and state leadership for the Virginia Cooperative Extension service. He holds the rank of Eagle Scout.

Swartz earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1992. He also is a graduate of Bridgewater College, class of 1958. He is married to the former Nancy Lee Clements of Stuarts Draft, Va. The couple has two daughters, three granddaughters and one grandson. Fred and Nancy Swartz now live in Bridgewater, Va., where they are residents of Bridgewater Village, a part of the Bridgewater Retirement Community, which honored the couple with the 2012 Humanitarian Award. Fred and Nancy are members of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren where Fred currently serves as Moderator. Fred has one brother, Ned, who lives in Richmond, Va., and is Associate Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond.

 
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