Jonathan Swartz

Jonathan Swartz

Current Church

Zion Mennonite Church

Denomination

Mennonite

Education

2002 B.S. in Psychology from Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN
2014 Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation from Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
2014 M.Div from Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Ministry

Interests

I am interested in ministry that takes seriously the dynamics of conflict as experienced individually, in congregations, in organizations as well as systems. Most broadly I am seeking ministry that recognizes reconciliation as its goal and hope.

Call

I grew up in the church and have never imagined that I would not be participating somehow in the life of a congregation. Though I have not experienced what I would deem a direct call to pastoral ministry as a vocation I have sensed that my calling is to work with/for/among the church. I have been supported in this broad sense of call by many individuals and groups.

Ideal Ministry Situation

I am open to many different possibilities that could make meaningful use of my gifts and education.

Seminary

My time at EMS has been critically important in my formation as a whole being. I have been encouraged to ask the big questions and not to settle for easy answers. I have been challenged, poked and prodded by faculty, staff and fellow students. EMS has been a tremendous place of both healing and preparation for me. I do not leave without a sense of sorrow and loss.

Favorite classes

My favorite course at EMS was Interpreting the Biblical Text with George Brunk III. A close second would be courses (2) on race with David Evans. And I cannot fail to mention Anabaptism Today with Mark Thiessen Nation – it was the first course I took from EMS (online) and it became a reason to keep taking more!

Advice for Prospective Students

EMS is a great place to discern and explore call. At EMS you will be treated as a whole person, your head and heart/soul will not be treated separately. The attention paid to integrating/interfacing with other graduate programs at EMU is valuable and rare, and thus worthy of consideration by anybody interested in theological education.