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Allen John Swanson

religious educator

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.


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.

Arvid John Swanson

Ada Jane (Haugen) Swanson

Jean Marie Gilleland

Cindy Swanson

Jeffrey Swanson

Michael Swanson

Julianne Swanson

Stephen Swanson