James E. Swanson Sr.
Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church
Bishop James Swanson Sr. was elected to the episcopacy in July 2004. At the time of his election, he was superintendent of the Savannah District of the South Georgia Annual Conference. He holds a BS from Southern Bible College and an MDiv from C. H. Mason Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia. He is pursuing a DMin in evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
His most recent pastoral appointment was St. Mary's Road, a congregation that grew from 16 active members to a membership of 950 with an average attendance of more than 525. He has served as chair of the Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia. He received a Hope VI Grant to revitalize a depressed community in Columbus and headed the Mayor's Task Force on Gangs. He is a popular preacher, teacher, and leader.
He was elected as an Emory trustee in 2009.