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Ritchie Baptist Church
Pastor's Bio
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Rev. Dr. Sterling R. Swann, Jr. accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Marbury, MD, at the age of 10.  He grew up very active in Sunday Church School and sang with the Youth Choir. 

He acknowledged his call to the Gospel Ministry and preached his initial sermon on July 31, 1988.  He entered the Washington Baptist Seminary in October 1988 to study the Word of God and prepare for the work of the ministry.  In November 1991, Rev. Swann was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Rev. Carl V. Messiah, Sr.  In June 1992, Rev. Swann graduated from the Washington Baptist Seminary with honors. He received a Masters of Theology degree in Ministry from Almeda University in 2005 and Masters of Divinity degree from Wilbur H. Waters School of Religion, Inc. and Theological Seminary in 2007.  He received his Doctor of Theology degree in Theological Studies from Almeda University School of Theology on April 25, 2013, and a Doctorate in Christian Education in 2014.

Rev. Swann is married to Carolyn D. (Jones) Swann and they have been blessed with two children from this union: Paul Anthony (deceased) and Alisha Nicole now a Middle School teacher in St. Mary’s County, MD.

Rev. Swann served as Pastor of the Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church of Southeast Washington, DC, from July 1993 to April of 2005.  He is the 16th Moderator of the Potomac River Baptist Association of MD, DC, and Vicinity. He also serves as the Vice President of the Potomac River Bible Institute and has recently been elected President of the Wilbur H. Waters School of Religion and Theological Seminary. 

By God's divine providence the members of the Ritchie Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro, MD elected Rev. Swann to serve as their pastor on Saturday, January 7, 2012, and he assumed those duties on the 1st Sunday in February (Feb. 5, 2012).

Rev. Swann continually gives praise to God for all of his wonderful blessings and is striving to be all that the Lord wants him to be in Christ Jesus.  He tries to live by the words as recorded in Galatians 2:20:

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.