David Swanson

The Rev. Dr. David D. Swanson is the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. He is the author of four books: Everlasting Life, Vital Signs: Discovering the Keys to Abundant Christian Living, Learning to Be You: How Our True Identity in Christ Sets Us Free, and The Essentials, a primer on the fundamentals of faith.

His congregation is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and is among the largest Presbyterian churches in the country. An active community leader, Dr. Swanson serves on the Board of Advisors for Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Jacksonville; as the Vice-Chair of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness; the board of the Downtown Orlando Partnership; the Board of Advisors for the National Christian Foundation Orlando, and on the board of The Camaraderie Foundation. He is also active in speaking for conferences and retreats around the country, especially in the area of marriage and family.

David and Leigh have been married for 30 years and have three grown children: John David, 26, Alex, 25, and Kaylee, 23. Leigh serves as Vice-President for Community Relations at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL.