The Reverend John Carl Swanson was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on August 2, 1957. He is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Andover Newton Theological School and Virginia Seminary. Ordained on October 26, 1985, Rev. Swanson has served as Chaplain and Senior Counselor of Maine Maritime Academy.
From 1987 - 1991 he was the Pastor of Central Congregational Church in Middleboro. With his wife, the Rev. Martha Swanson, he helped gather Christ Congregational Church in Middleboro in 1992. He has been Pastor of Union Congregational Church since 1994.
A former Navy Chaplain, Rev. Swanson is also a substance abuse counselor.
The pastor is an avid hiker and sailor, and he makes his home in Wollaston with his wife, Rev. Martha Swanson. He has two children, Stephanie and Cassandra and a dog, Wicky.
Rev. Swanson is also an adjunct professor of Bible and Liberal Arts at Eastern Nazarene College.