Rev. David Swonger
Serving as House of Prayer's Senior Pastor since July 1997, Pastor Dave brings a broad range of leadership experience to our ministry and mission. A 1980 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Pastor Dave served on active duty as a commissioned officer and aviator in the U.S. Air Force for six years. Achieving the rank of Captain, Pastor Dave earned a flight rating of Instructor Navigator on the KC-135 Stratotanker where he gained worldwide flying experiences with the 906 Air Refueling Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
Following his years of active duty military service, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and began his service within the ELCA in August 1990. Throughout his 27 years of active ministry, Pastor Dave has provided pastoral leadership in a variety of ministry settings, including a united parish of four congregations in rural North Dakota, a developing mission start in Lincoln, North Dakota, as well as guiding House of Prayer through its growth and development for the past 20 years.
With a warm and welcoming presence, Pastor Dave delights in every opportunity he has to make the Gospel message of Jesus Christ a genuine part of everyday living. Pastor Dave sees himself as a servant leader who strives to offer others inspiration and faithful engagement with God's Word through his teaching, worship leadership, and supportive pastoral care.
Pastor Dave is married to Joanne, his best friend, with whom he proudly shares the privilege of being a parent to their two children, Emelie and Luke.
Rev. Joel Samuelson
Pastor Joel serves as the Associate Pastor of House of Prayer, where he is in his fifteenth year of ministry. He is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people. He believes that people need to come to church, not to prove their faithfulness, but so they can continue to be reminded how faithful God continues to be in their lives. He enjoys working with youth of all ages and sharing his faith with them. One hobby he particularly enjoys is fishing. Pastor Joel graduated from New London-Spicer High School, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Luther Theological Seminary. His greatest joy in life is being married to wife Amanda, and being a dad to his seven year old daughter Dakota, five year old daughter Eden, and 1 year old son Jonah. Pastor Joel has always seen House of Prayer as a church with a "small town feeling" where everyone cares about each other. The church and working with Pastor Dave have been a true blessing to him and he hopes you will come to share in those same blessings.