In the DC area, people tend to start conversations by asking what you do. Knowing who you are is far more interesting than finding out what you do for a living, unless what you do for a living is all that you are. But that’s a different conversation.
So here’s a brief glimpse of who I am: I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. From that relationship flows everything else: I’m a husband, a father, a government employee and a leader. I’m a dog person married to a cat person. I’m a Missouri native who’s lived east of the Mississippi since we moved our family back to the U.S. from Germany in 1992. I’ve studied and worked in a dozen countries since then, as a leader in government, community groups, and non-profits.
Since I left the Army in 1999, I’ve focused most of my efforts on building great teams and developing people, wherever I happen to be. I currently have the privilege of working with an amazing leadership team in a government agency, directing and coaching their efforts as they lead their teams. For the past 15 years, I’ve also served as a Ruling Elder within the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America, mentoring young people, working with local groups that serve the homeless and chronically poor, and teaching on a variety of topics, including English as a Second Language and biblical approaches to dealing with conflict. I currently lead our church’s World Missions team, focused on growing and supporting new churches around the world.
Prior to all of that, I studied at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California, and at the University of Maryland, and served as a peacekeeper and translator for International Stabilization Forces in the Balkans.
I long to see cultural change in our society that brings peace, justice, and reconciliation to individuals, communities, and the nation, and I’m willing to work to make that happen. I love photography (find me on instagram @anthonyswon), travel, music, and history. Sometimes I write, when I feel so inclined.