Receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English, with honors, from Concordia College-New York
, she went on to receive the Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary
in Manhattan. At Union, she was privileged to study with Cornel West
, Raymond Brown
and Phyllis Trible
, among other noted scholars.
Having begun her tenure at Christ Lutheran Church in 1991, Pastor Swertfager has also served as the Dean of Manhattan; member of the Executive Committee of Seafarers International House
; member of the Pastoral Care Committee at NYU Langone Medical Center
; and participant in the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue of the Archdiocese of New York.
Pastor Swertfager is married to the Rev. William Eric Baum
, pastor of Saint Barnabas Church
. On the home front, she guides her household's daily life, insuring the family's eastern box turtle
, Northford, is fed a proper diet of worms and berries. The couple have two tall sons. The family is full of avid hockey players and fans. Pastor Swertfager enjoys dining locally. Check-out her favorite neighborhood restaurants!