Pastor Abraham Swamidass was born and raised in India. He attended Spicer Memorial College where he graduated with a BA in theology in 1980. After serving as pastoral intern for two years, he went to the Far Eastern Theological Seminary in the Philippines where he received a Master’s degree in Church Ministry in 1983. After graduation he came to Toronto, Canada and worked as a literature evangelist for three months. His summer efforts earned him a full scholarship to Andrews University Theological Seminary in Michigan where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1985.
Perhaps the greatest moment while Andrews University came when he met his future wife, Joan. Joan is also of East Indian descent, but she grew up as a third-generation immigrant, in St. Vicent in the Caribbean Islands. Abraham and Joan married after their graduation in 1985 at the Pioneer Memorial University Church. They spent a year teaching on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pastor Swamidass’s assignments took him to Washington, DC as pastor, chaplain resident and also a teacher at Columbia Union College. He then moved to Ontario, Canada where he served as pastor for ten years. Currently he is the pastor of the Madison Community Church and Family Ministry Director of the Wisconsin Conference. Having acquired a Doctor of Ministry degree in family ministry in May of 2010 from Andrews University, Dr. Swamidass now conducts Marriage and Family Life seminars in cities across North America in addition to his pastoral duties. His family life assignments took him to Bulgaria and Guam.
Abraham and Joan have been married for 31 years and are the proud parents of three sons and a daughter-in-law: Rajesh and his wife Aris, Sanjay, and Ravi. Pastor Swamidass says, “I particularly like the community spirit here on the North-side where people are friendly and committed to progress and meeting people’s needs. In fact, I thank God every day for sending me to this community and congregation.”