Rome's Wesleyan Church welcomes new minister


Officials at Rome Wesleyan Church, 317 W. Embargo St., announced that the Rev. Dr. James Swanson is the church’s new pastor.

Rev. Swanson, his wife Joan and their daughter Julia came from the Glens Falls region in October. Swanson has been in ministry for more than 30 years as a senior pastor, youth and worship pastor, and educator.

He has taught college and ministry courses for more than 20 years at colleges and ministry training centers. Swanson is teaching ministry courses for the Penn York District of the Wesleyan Church. His wife Joan is a professor and director of Education Studies at Franklin Pierce University. Julia will be graduating from high school in June and is looking forward to taking further training in the medical field in the coming year. The Swansons also have three other adult children, and five grandchildren.

The Swansons said they are glad to be in Rome and to be part of the changes in the church and congregation.

The church building is being renovated to include student and adult ministry areas, a game room for kids, and a nursery/toddler area. The worship services are based around the Bible, prayer and music. In his sermons, Rev. Swanson said he seeks to explain the ancient truths of the Bible in ways that are real and relevant for everyone today. The church sings both hymns and modern worship music to celebrate.

Sunday morning worship service is held at 11 a.m. To find out more about the church go to or call or text Pastor Swanson at 315-337-9976. 


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