Larry McSwain is retired from McAfee School of Theology, where he was professor of ministry leadership and associate dean for the doctor of ministry program.

He was also honored with the Watkins Christian Foundation Endowed Chair in Ministry. He works with the Center for Healthy Churches as a congregational/ministry consultant.

Larry’s articles that have appeared on are available here.

1. Where did you grow up?

My early years were lived in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. During high school, I lived in the open country on a small ranch between Pawnee and Morrison.

2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

My favorite story is the call of Moses in Exodus 3, but my favorite verses are Philippians 4:4-9.

It summarizes the essence of what I would like to be able to live.

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?


I love westerns. Clint Eastwood’s portrayal is a paradox of action in an evil world.

4. Who are three of the people you admire?

Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy R. Allen (the last moderate Southern Baptist Convention president) and Jimmy Carter.

5. What is one little-known fact about you?

I used to be an instrument-rated pilot before the complexities and costs of flying after 2001.

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