The Rev. Javen Swanson (he/him/his, pronounced JAY-ven) has served since 2014 as Associate Pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he has been called to assist parishioners in developing caring relationships with one another and the community, expanding and enhancing their outreach and service, and putting their gifts to use for the sake of God’s mission in the world.

Prior to his ordination, Javen was a community organizer, first with OutFront Minnesota and Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign that defeated an anti-gay marriage amendment and went on to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota, and later with the National LGBTQ Task Force.

A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Yale Divinity School, Javen now lives in Saint Paul with his husband, the Rev. Oby Ballinger, their cats Amos and Hosea, and their dog Ruthie.