Christian Comedian and Banquet Speaker
If laughter is truly the best medicine, then Dennis Swanberg, America's "Minister of Encouragement" is just what the doctor ordered. With his down-home charm and heaping helping of hospitality, this Austin, Texas born pastor-turned-comedian has won the hearts of audiences across the country. Raised in what he calls a "mostly blue-collar, but sometimes ring-around-the collar" family during the fifties, that old black and white television in the corner of the living room became an important part of making Swanberg the success he is today. "Most moms yell at kids to go outside and play", he remembers with a laugh, "My mom would say, 'you sit there and watch that television - your daddy worked so hard for it!'" her "encouragement" paid off.
"I always thought I might end up being a crazy radio DJ," he says, "or one of those funny TV weatherman." God, however, had other plans. While at college Swanberg was also serving as a minister of youth at a local church. It was around that time that Dennis remembers the strong feeling that God was calling him into the ministry. "Of course," he remembers with a chuckle, "you think when God calls that He wants you to preach or lead music or go into the mission field. What I've come to realize now is that the Lord can allow you to be a minister in many different ways." While serving in various pastorates over the Dennis still held his "sideline" entertainment profession, but was constantly nagged with the feeling that maybe his stage talents should become his full-time career. The day after making what he calls his "leap of faith" into stepping down from church senior pastor to stepping up to the microphone, his decision was rewarded with popular radio talk show host Dr. James Dobson playing one of Swanberg's performances on the air. The response was explosive. Calls began pouring in from everywhere for even more appearances and speaking engagements.
Today Swanberg takes Barney Fife and over twenty other lovable impersonations, together with his side-splitting stories of growing up, families, and the funny side of church, to over 250,000 people every year. His national television shows, "Swan’s Place" and "The Dennis Swanberg Show", are described by networks as "an hour of good, clean fun, and entertainment as well as spiritual insight and encouragement" and were viewed by over one million households weekly.
As a motivational speaker, teacher, preacher, author, counselor, TV personality, and humorist, Dennis Swanberg knows just what it takes to make life a more pleasant road to journey down - with a laugh or two along the way. His routines regularly include hilarious send-ups and his own family life, both as a child growing up in Texas and as a husband and parent today to his wife Lauree and two young adult sons, Dusty and Chad.
This year Swanberg will appear at over 150 churches, conferences, businesses and concert events. He has also authored seven books and an additional book on men's ministry has recently hit the marketplace. He has recorded a radio show. And as always, he'll be bringing a note of encouragement, a pocketful of hilarious stories and a great big bag of joy and laughter wherever he goes.