Pastor Buster Swoopes, dressed in a gray suit, stands and talks as he teaches his class


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Religion Department

How SWAU Ranks

Did you know SWAU religion graduates show some of the best understanding of Greek when entering seminary? 


Job placement by graduation


Placed in churches within six months of graduation


Average weekly internship

Church Involvement

In the Keene Church, two female students hold hands and bow their head as they pray together


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Southwestern Adventist University Professor Authors New Resource for Discovering All Things Adventist

June 9

Jerry Pinzon graduated from SWAU in 2013
Michael Gibson graduated from SWAU in 2016.

Jerry Pinzon

Class of 2013

"Coming to Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) took place during a crucial point in my life and my military career. As I accepted the call to become a pastor, I found a warm environment and people willing to help me transition from the Air Force to the college classroom. The Religion Department provided excellent tools for my future endeavors as a pastor, especially in the area of pastoral ministry, and the professors were always open for individual counseling and support. As a recently married young man, I found a home at SWAU that welcomed both my beautiful wife and me! We are very grateful to God and to my Alma Mater for the opportunity to experience, change, growth, and family at Southwestern Adventist University.”

Michael Gibson

Class of 2016

"Little did I know that my choice to attend Southwestern Adventist University would lead me to falling in love with biblical languages while studying for my theology degree. Early-morning classes aren’t for the faint of heart, yet my professors began to unravel the beauty and depth of the library of Scripture found in the original text. This knowledge and experience helped me to excel while studying at the Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Today, I continue to exercise and use my biblical language skills in the classroom and the pulpit as I teach at Southwestern Adventist University and preach at Keene SDA Church. The Word of God is as sharp as a two-edge sword, and I am forever grateful to the Department of Religion at Southwestern Adventist University for giving me the skills to wield it well."

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