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    South Hamilton, MA 01982
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Dr. Kenneth Swetland

  • Senior Professor of Ministry

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • A.B., M.A. (Wheaton College)
  • M.Div. (Gordon Divinity School)
  • D.Min. (Andover Newton Theological School)


  • Facing Messy Stuff in the Church: Case Studies for Pastors and Congregations (Kregel Publications, 2005)
  • The Hidden World of the Pastor: Case Studies on Personal Issues of Real Pastors (Wipf and Stock, 2006)


Pastoral Ministry and Pastoral Counseling

Professional Interests:

Pastoral Theology in Practice: Deepening the call; Caring for the Flock; Proclaiming the Word


Dr. Swetland has filled many roles since joining the seminary in 1972. Most recently, he was Professor of Ministry as well as Academic Dean (1992-2002) and Campus Pastoral Counselor (2002-2008). Since switching to part-time work in the fall of 2008, he has taught in the Pastoral D.Min. track and worked in the Ockenga’s Oasis program for pastors.

Dr. Swetland is ordained in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference and has served as a pastor and chaplain in a variety of New England churches and nursing homes. He still provides pulpit supply for area churches.

He also worked as a psychotherapist for 12 years at Gordon-Conwell Counseling Center, Health Integration Services in Peabody, MA, and Willowdale Center for Psychological Services in Hamilton, MA.

Dr. Swetland is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the Association for Case Teaching. From 1989-91, he was the editor of the Journal for Case Teaching. He served on the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological School from 2000-2006, and was the chair of several site visitation teams for the ATS in evaluating seminaries in the accrediation and re-accrediation process. Long interested in Eastern European seminaries, he has taught at several schools overseas and has consulted in their on going developement.

Dr. Swetland’s scholarly helping pastors and churches dealing with difficult issues. His counseling expertise lies in personal growth, stress and conflict management, and marital therapy. The use of case studies in ministry and counseling is a focus of his teaching.

Dr. Swetland’s personal interests include gardening, reading, classical music and traveling to Europe. He and his wife, Anne, make their home in Ipswich, MA. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.