Dennis served the local church in pastoral ministry for 23 years. Then, in 1995 Dennis took a leap of faith when he stepped down as church pastor and stepped up to the microphone on stages and platforms all across America and the World.
“The Swan” soon became “AMERICA’S MINISTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT”, a job he takes seriously as he continues to speak to about 150 organizations, faith-based groups and corporations every year. He has hosted two successful TV series, authored 9 books, and created over two dozen DVD/CD productions.
Dennis is a graduate of Baylor University where he majored in both Greek and Religion (1976). He earned both a Master of Divinity (1980) and a Doctor of Ministry (1986) at Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX.
Dennis is married to the former Lauree Wilkes of Ft. Worth, TX. Dennis and Lauree have two grown sons: Chad and his wife Lisa, and Dustin and his wife, Britny. ‘The Swans’ make their home in Monroe, Louisiana.
"I was sad that Dennis left before I had a chance to tell him thank you for his investments at Sound Choices last Thursday night. Please convey our deep gratitude and heart felt thanks for what he shared and the wonderful way he exposed his life, both in humor and in sorrow to us. I also wanted to tell him that Friday morning when we began opening envelopes from the gala, the very first envelope held $25,000 for our ultrasound machine. Wow! Our total, so far, is $345,300 towards our $400,000 goal. Dennis is largely responsible for setting the stage for such generous giving."
"Dennis Swanberg was wonderful. He is always a joy to hear. During the hard times it is great to hear people laugh and really enjoy being at a fundraising. I would recommend Dr. Swanberg to anyone who wants to encourage and uplift their donors."
"Thank you for speaking at our Riceland Foods, Inc. annual meeting. Your presentation was exactly what I wanted! It was the perfect blend of humor and message which was appropriate for our audience."