Pastor David W. Schweppe -

David W. Schweppe, MDiv
PO Box 1064, Sterling, Illinois 61081
Cell Phone: 3090-299-2790     Email:
1989     Masters of Divinity               Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL
1984     Bachelor of Arts, Geology     Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Employment History

2016 - Present   Intentional Interim Pastor
                           Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, IL
2012 – 2016     Adjunct Professor of Ethics     
                         Black Hawk College – East Campus, Galva, IL

2010 – 2016     Pastor                                                     
                         Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee, IL

2010 – Present   Certified Mediator                              
                           14th and 15th Judicial Circuits, State of Illinois

2009 – 2010     Pulpit Supply Pastor                           
                         Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA

2008 – 2010     Health Educator, Mediator                 
                         Whiteside County Health Dept., Rock Falls, IL

1996 – 2008     Pastor                                                     
                         Messiah Lutheran Church, Aledo, IL

1992 - 1996     Pastor
                        St. John Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, IL

1989 - 1991     Pastor
                        Sherman Lutheran Parish, Garrison, SD

Professional Highlights

Administrative Leadership

* Helped facilitate the planning and completion of a $1.5 million renovation after a fire at Zion Lutheran Church in 2012-2013.
* Helped facilitate the planning and completion of a $40,000 renovation at Messiah Lutheran Church in 1998 (loan paid off in less than two years)
* Developed various policies with church council members; facilitated constitution and bylaw revisions.

Pastoral Care and Leadership
* Pastor of four parishes since 1989.
* Assisted schools after suicide tragedies in Aledo and later at Wethersfield High School, Kewanee.
* Led current congregation through recovery from church fire offering spiritual and administrative leadership between 2012-2013.
* Via de Cristo Weekend Retreat Spiritual Director (various weekends from 1998 – present).

Public Educator

Increased attendance of a junior college ethics class from mid-twenties to between 45-60 between 2012 and 2016.
* Developed numerous classes and workshops for parishioners and the community.
* Brought science fun to grade school students as “The Science Guy.”
* Provided court mandated classes for parents of divorce with children.
Public Speaker and Writer
* Prepared and presented over 2000 sermons and public addresses.
* Published over 150 newspaper and newsletter articles.
* Ability to speak to an audience and hold a discussion with or without notes.
* Currently publishing my latest writings online at .

Social Justice Advocate
* On the organization board of Freedom House’s Voices Against Violence Coalition, 2016.
* On the organization board for LOMC’s Family Camp for autism spectrum families, 2015.
* Mission trip to El Salvador through Habitat for Humanity, 2013.
* Provided congregational education and advocacy to church members conflicted over the ELCA sexuality statement, 2009-2010.

Certifications and Learning Experiences
2017       NALIP Intentional Interim Pastor Training (Luther Seminary)
2016       Resilient Leadership Coach Training (in August)
2015       Boundaries Workshop (NI Synod)
2012       Sleep Deprivation, Autism, & ADHD seminar
2012       Accepted into Luther Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program
2011       Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process (LMPC) 
2010       Boundaries Workshop (NI Synod)
2010       Class: Human Behavior and the Social Environment (U of Iowa)
2010       Autism-Asperger’s Syndrome Conference (Future Horizons) Dixon, IL
2009       Class: Substance Use and Abuse (U of Iowa)
2009       Mediation Skills Training - Certification (Northwestern University)
2009       Divorce Mediation Training - Certification (Northwestern University)
2009       Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Sterling, IL
2009       Mediation Skills Training Institute (LMPC) Lombard, IL
2008       Autism-Asperger's Syndrome Conference (Future Horizons) Dixon, IL
2007       A Strength-Based Approach to AS, NVLD,& HFA (HealthEd) Moline, IL
2006       Understanding Individuals with AS or HFA (Lorman) Rockford, IL
Community Involvement
2016 - 2017          Board Member, Voices Against Violence Coalition (VAVC) 
2014 – 2015         Board Member, Kewanee Community Drug & Alcohol Task                                    Force                    
2013 – present      Volunteer Storm Spotter, City of Kewanee, IL ESDA
2010 – present      Kewanee Ministerial  President (2013-2015), Vice Pres. (2011-                              2013)
2008 – present      Parent Advocate      Galva, Kewanee, Sterling School Districts
2005 – 2007         Co-developer, Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters, 
                           Aledo, IL
2004 – 2008         Member, Rotary Club of Aledo,IL
1996 – 2008         Board Member, United Appeal Fund of Mercer County

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