The Rev. Brett Swanson

I am originally from Central California; Gilroy to be precise. I attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, for the football program, but fell in love with my philosophy and theology studies. I graduated from Whitworth in 2001 with a double major in religion and philosophy. After two years of teaching middle school history and coaching football in California, I followed God’s call to seminary and enrolled at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I devoted myself to field education and my studies, and graduated in 2006 with a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education.

As May 11th, 2011, I have been Pastor to The Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It continues to be a great honor.

I have been blessed beyond words by my lovely wife, Kate, and continually humbled by our dog O.Henry. Two of the three of us were joined together in marriage on a Monday in October of 2006 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. There was no shortage of emergency officiants in attendance.

To read past sermons, thoughts on life in Punxsutawney, articles, book reviews, and other writings please visit my personal website at