Bishop Swanson to have surgery for prostate cancer

Bishop-JamesWEB-SwansonBishop James Swanson, the episcopal leader of the Mississippi Episcopal Area, released a video last week announcing that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be undergoing surgery on November 12, 2013. Swanson said he had released the statement so that the people of the Mississippi Annual Conference which he has served since being appointed to the area in 2012 could bathe he, his family, and the doctors in prayer.

Originally from Houston, TX, Swanson served his pastoral ministry in the South Georgia Annual Conference, leading the St. Mary’s Road UMC in Columbus, GA to grow from 16 active members to a membership of over 950 with over 500 in worship each Sunday. After serving as the superintendent of the Savannah District, Swanson was elected to the episcopacy in 2004, and served as the bishop of the Holston Area until his appointment to the Mississippi Area in 2012.

Swanson is married to the former Delphine Yvonne Ramsey, and together they have six children and ten grandchildren.

Cards and other expressions of support may be sent to Bishop Swanson via the episcopal office: 320-E Briarwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39206.

Jay Voorhees, Former Executive Editor

The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and MethoBlog.com. Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

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