Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Johannes G.J. Swart

Associate Professor of World Mission and Evangelism
Year Started at PTS: 2013


Contact Info



  • Ph.D., Luther Seminary / Congregational Mission and Leadership, 2010 
  • B.Th., University of Stellenbosch, 1993 
  • B.A.., University of Stellenbosch / Philosophy, 1985
  • B.A.., University of Stellenbosch, 1984


The Rev. Dr. Johannes G.J. Swart is a graduate of Luther Seminary (Ph.D. Congregational Mission and Leadership) and University of Stellenbosch (B.Th., B.A. Philosophy, B.A.). Swart previously served as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City, Pa., and as senior pastor of Fontainebleau Community Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. There he led a Dutch Reformed mega-church during their post-apartheid attempt to become more multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-lingual. Before that, Swart led a new church development among college students at an emerging technicon campus in Cape Town while serving at Tafelberg Dutch Reformed Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Swart worked as the national director of training and development for the Democratic Party in South Africa, a new, emerging political party (merger of three different political parties) in opposition of the apartheid policies of the National Party (prior to the release of Nelson Mandela, the unbanning of the African National Congress, and democracy). Swart worked with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minn., as director of intergenerational faith formation; the Church Innovations Institute in St. Paul, as the director of partnership for missional church; and the Allelon Foundation in Boise, Idaho, as the research assistant for Allelon’s Mission in Western Culture Project. His publications include articles, book chapters, and book reviews. Most recently his article “Via the Broken Ones: Toward a Phenomenological Theology of Ecclesial Leadership in Post-Apartheid South Africa” appeared in the Journal of Religious Leadership. Additionally , Swart has written a chapter titled “God in Civil Society: Dutch Reformed Church Missional Ecclesiology in South African Civil Society” which will appear in Eerdman’s Missional Church Series (forthcoming). Swart has taught at Luther Seminary, Agora College, and Rochester College. He is married to Mari and they have two children, Suné and Janco, both in high school.

Church Associations

Ordination: Minister, Dutch Reformed Church of Southern Africa

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Missional Church Leadership
  • Congregational Change Processes
  • Missional Formation and Discernment
  • Continental Philosophy and Systematic Theology
  • World Mission
  • Evangelism

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Missiology
  • Academy of Religious Leadership


  • David and Martha Tiede Doctoral Fellowship, Luther Seminary, 2007-2008

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