Senior Pastor and Head of Staff
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
The Rev. Dr. David D. Swanson is the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. He is also the founder and principal teacher for The Well, a national media ministry focused on presenting the gospel with fresh clarity and passion.
Swanson has authored four books: Everlasting Life: What God Teaches Us About Grief, Loss and the Promise of Heaven; 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.
An active community leader, Dr. Swanson is on the board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary (JAX campus), The Camaraderie Foundation, Mercy Drive Ministries, The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, and Project DTO (Downtown Orlando Visioning). He is also active in speaking for conferences and retreats, especially in the area of marriage and family.
Dr. Swanson assumed the role of Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, in 2004. With the help of many gifted leaders and a faithful congregation, FPCO successfully left the PCUSA in 2012 and moved into its current denomination in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.