David Swisher, M.S.

Education

  • D.Min student, Semiotics & Future Studies (Leadership in the Emerging Culture), George Fox Evangelical Seminary
  • MS, Instructional Design & Technology, Emporia State University
  • Certificate, Practical Theology (Missions & Ministry), Emmaus Road Ministry School
  • BA, Christian Ministries (Preaching & Pastoral Ministry), Southwest Baptist University

Professional Background

  • Learning Management Systems Coordinator, Tabor College – Wichita [current position]
  • Instructional Technology Coordinator, Kansas State University – Salina (2003-2010)
  • Graphic Designer, Program Marketing & Development, Kansas State University – Manhattan (2001-2003)
  • Ordained minister – Kansas District of the Wesleyan Church (since 1996), previously Church of God – Anderson
  • 25 years of cross-denominational ministry experience in a wide variety of contexts (church planter; pastor, associate pastor, & co-pastor; summer missionary; and innovation/technology consultant)
  • Research Assistant under oft-quoted statistician & author Dr. John N. Vaughan, MegaChurch Research Center & Church Growth Today (1992-1994)

Recognitions & Awards

  • “Timothy Award for Pastoral Excellence” (Pastor of the Year) 2009 – Kansas District of the Wesleyan Church
  • Featured in Conrad, C. (2010). Your Church Can Win. Evangelism & Church Growth, The Wesleyan Church (Indianapolis, IN). Introductory example in final chapter on “Life Change Stories” (pp. 79-80) as well as on the E&CG department’s accompanying website
  • Featured numerous times in District Wesleyan materials as leader in evangelism and missional church activity – example: Barns, ‘Burbs, & Boulevards

Courses Taught

  • Technology for Ministry
  • Enhancing Powerpoint With Multimedia & Interactivity

Publications

  • Swisher, D. (2012). Evangelizing Post-Moderns: A Celtic Model. Wesleyan Theological Journal (47) 2. San Diego, CA: Wesleyan Theological Society. [author]
  • Swisher, D. (2009) as WildcatTech. “Strangely Warmed: John Wesley’s Spiritual Journey”. [YouTube video with over 33,000 views]
  • Kendall, G. & J. Davey (2004). Path to Power: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Fully-Devoted Follower of Christ, 2nd Ed (also 1st Ed., 2001). Topeka, KS: Lasting Impressions/Morris Publishing. [editor & publisher]
  • Swisher, D. (1999). Praying in the Will of God (booklet). Olathe, KS: Lasting Impressions. [author]
  • Hall, D. (1997). A Treasure Worth the Effort. Euless, TX: Successful Christian Living Ministries. [editor & ghostwriter]
  • Swisher, D. (1994). The Evening Light: God’s Restoration of the New Testament Church. Bolivar, MO: Lasting Impressions. [author]
  • Vaughan, J. N. (1993). Megachurches & America’s Cities: How Churches Grow. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. [research contributor]
  • Swisher, D. (1992). Keys to Successful Time Management. Nashville, TN: Brentwood Christian Press. [author]

Presentations

  • Swisher, D. (2013, August). “Beyond the ‘Digital Natives’ & ‘Digital Immigrants’ Debate: Re-Orienting the Logic of Immersion. Summer Institute for Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) Conference.
  • Swisher, D. (2013, March). “‘Be Perfect’: Jesus’ Semiotic Re-framing of Holiness in Matthew 5:18-48.” Wesleyan Theological Society annual meeting.
  • Swisher, D. (2011, August). “Overcoming the Pitfalls in the Promise of Mobile e-Learning.” Summer Institute for Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) Conference.
  • Swisher, D. & L. Hannah (2008, July/August). “Integrating Active Learning & Experiential Context into Online Courses.” Summer Institute for Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) Conference.
  • Swisher, D. & L. Hannah (2008, January). “My Course is Online, So Why Aren’t My Students Learning?” Professional Day 2008 at Kansas State University – Salina.
  • Swisher, D. & A. Starkey (2007, November). “Copyright Issues: Visual Media.” Faculty Online Course Development Series, Kansas State University – Salina, Salina, KS.
  • Swisher, D. (2007, September). “Adventures in Marketing: Using Technology to Expand Your Institution’s Reach.” Axio Learning (LMS) Community Meeting & Conference.
  • Swisher, D. & A. Starkey (2007, August). “Copyright, Digital Media, & the T.E.A.C.H. Act.” Summer Institute for Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (SIDLIT).
  • Swisher, D. (2007, January). “When Does Multimedia Enhance Learning and When Does it Hinder Learning?” Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence Retreat, Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning, Kansas State University.
  • Swisher, D. (2007, January). “Does Multimedia Truly Enhance Learning?: Moving Beyond the Visual Media Bandwagon Toward Instructional Effectiveness.” Professional Day 2007, Kansas State University – Salina.
  • Swisher, D. (2002, March). “Evangelism in an Age of Disbelief: Exploring Saint Patrick’s Legacy Toward a Missiological Model for Evangelizing Postmoderns.” Wesleyan Theological Society annual meeting.

Service

  • Graduate Theological Education (GTE) Design Team member, Tabor College
  • Technical Arts Team (Video Production) – Newspring Church (Wichita, KS)
  • Youth Sunday School teacher, Adult Discipleship instructor, & Cafe B12 Worship Team – Trinity Heights United Methodist Church (Newton, KS) [recent]
  • Evangelism trainer and missions/outreach participant, worship team (occasional), seasonal orchestra – Hutchinson Wesleyan Church (Hutchinson, KS). [recent]
  • Organized, co-led, & promoted multi-church outreach to Hispanic area of Wichita, canvassing neighborhoods in preparation for public launch of Iglesia Luz y Vida [September 2009].

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