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Allen John Swanson

Allen John Swanson, religious educator. Member American Society Missiology.


  • Swanson, Allen John was born on June 22, 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Son of Arvid John and Ada Jane (Haugen) Swanson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Augsburg College, 1956. M. Division, Augustana Seminary, 1961. Master of Theology, Fuller Seminary, 1968.

      Doctor of Ministry, Luther Northwestern, 1986.


    • Ordained to ministry Lutheran Church in America, 1961. Missionary, pastor Taiwan Lutheran Church, Taichung, 1964-1974. Associate professor China Evangelical Seminary, Taipei, Taiwan, 1975-1983, 85–.

      Vice chairman Taiwan Church Growth Society, Taichung, 1971-1979, founder, director, 1971-1983. Co-founder, member Center Church Renewal Development and Research, Taipei, since 1982. Field education director China Evangelical Seminary, Taipei, 1978-1983.


    • Author: Taiwan: Mainline versus Independent Church Growth, 1970. The Church in Taiwan: Profile 1980, 1981. Mending the Nets: A Mid-1980s Review of the Church in Taiwan, 1986.

      Author and editor: I Will Build My Church, 1975. Contributor articles to professional journals. Delaware Taiwan Good-Will Delaware, Taipei, 1979.


    Member American Society Missiology.


    • Married Jean Marie Gilleland, June 9, 1956. Children– Cindy, Jeffrey, Michael, Julianne, Stephen.
    • father: Arvid John Swanson
    • mother: Ada Jane (Haugen) Swanson
    • spouse: Jean Marie Gilleland
    • children: Cindy Swanson
    • Jeffrey Swanson
    • Michael Swanson
    • Julianne Swanson
    • Stephen Swanson
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