Jean Lofsvold Schwien, Senior Pastor, Email

Rev. Jean Schwien

Jean Lofsvold Schwien -- I was born in Camden, New Jersey (ask me about the “New Jersey Joke”), and grew up in Northglenn, Colorado. Rev. Ron Hodges was pastor of Northglenn UMC when my family attended there, and he was my mentor as I entered professional ministry. I attended Colorado College (B.A. in Sociology, 1984) and Iliff School of Theology (Master of Divinity, 1987). I’ve served three churches: Olathe, CO (1987-97), Pueblo, CO, First UMC (1997-2002) and Green Mountain UMC in Lakewood, CO (2002-2012). As you can see—I like extended stays! I enjoy making my home among my church communities, and I look forward to being with you.

I am single, and I’m a proud dog-mom to Abby who is also looking forward to meeting all of you. I have a number of close friends that I count as family, including my former husband Spencer and his children, Jessica and Eric. My older sisters are both ordained pastors also—Peg is United Methodist and will soon become a District Superintendent in Portland, OR; Laurie is Lutheran and currently living and working in Sweden. My brother David is the scientist among us and lives in Eugene, OR. My parents have both passed on. My father used to look at his three pastor/daughters and say, “I don’t know if I did something really right, or if I did something really wrong to inspire you all to go into ministry!”

I am a musician—vocal, flute, and guitar—and I’m excited to be a part of Christ UMC’s wonderful music program! I enjoy being outdoors—walking, hiking, cross-country skiing. I enjoy reading, and yes, I’ve been known to be a couch potato from time to time.

I have a deep love for the church, for church people, and for being in active ministry both within the church building and serving the surrounding community. I’m a “United Methodist Volunteers-in-Mission junkie”—I love going on mission trips and serving in disaster recovery areas and elsewhere. I’ve led trips to South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico. Putting my beliefs into action is, for me, what real faith is all about. I look forward to joining you in service and mission outreach in SLC and beyond.