David W. Schweppe, MDiv

PO Box 1064, Sterling, Illinois 61081

Cell Phone: 3090-299-2790      Email: [email protected]


1989      Masters of Divinity                Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL

1984      Bachelor of Arts, Geology      Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Employment History

2016 - Present

Intentional Interim Pastor

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, IL

2012 – 2016

Adjunct Professor of Ethics

Black Hawk College – East Campus, Galva, IL

2010 – 2016


Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee, IL

2010 – Present

Certified Mediator

14th and 15th Judicial Circuits, State of Illinois

2009 – 2010

Pulpit Supply Pastor

Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA

2008 – 2010

Health Educator, Mediator

Whiteside County Health Dept., Rock Falls, IL

1996 – 2008


Messiah Lutheran Church, Aledo, IL

1992 - 1996


St. John Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, IL

1989 - 1991


Sherman Lutheran Parish, Garrison, SD

Professional Highlights

Administrative Leadership

* Helped facilitate the planning and completion of a $1.5 million renovation after a fire at Zion Lutheran Church in 2012-2013.

* Helped facilitate the planning and completion of a $40,000 renovation at Messiah Lutheran Church in 1998 (loan paid off in less than two years)

* Developed various policies with church council members; facilitated constitution and bylaw revisions.

Pastoral Care and Leadership

* Pastor of four parishes since 1989.

* Assisted schools after suicide tragedies in Aledo and later at Wethersfield High School, Kewanee.

* Led current congregation through recovery from church fire offering spiritual and administrative leadership between 2012-2013.

* Via de Cristo Weekend Retreat Spiritual Director (various weekends from 1998 – present).

Public Educator

* Increased attendance of a junior college ethics class from mid-twenties to between 45-60 between 2012 and 2016.

* Developed numerous classes and workshops for parishioners and the community.

* Brought science fun to grade school students as “The Science Guy.”

* Provided court mandated classes for parents of divorce with children.

Public Speaker and Writer

* Prepared and presented over 2000 sermons and public addresses.

* Published over 150 newspaper and newsletter articles.

* Ability to speak to an audience and hold a discussion with or without notes.

* Currently publishing my latest writings online at www.davidschweppe.com .

Social Justice Advocate

* On the organization board of Freedom House’s Voices Against Violence Coalition, 2016.

* On the organization board for LOMC’s Family Camp for autism spectrum families, 2015.

* Mission trip to El Salvador through Habitat for Humanity, 2013.

* Provided congregational education and advocacy to church members conflicted over the ELCA sexuality statement, 2009-2010.

Certifications and Learning Experiences

2017        NALIP Intentional Interim Pastor Training (Luther Seminary)

2016        Resilient Leadership Coach Training (in August)

2015        Boundaries Workshop (NI Synod)

2012        Sleep Deprivation, Autism, & ADHD seminar

2012        Accepted into Luther Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program

2011        Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process (LMPC)

2010        Boundaries Workshop (NI Synod)

2010        Class: Human Behavior and the Social Environment (U of Iowa)

2010        Autism-Asperger’s Syndrome Conference (Future Horizons) Dixon, IL

2009        Class: Substance Use and Abuse (U of Iowa)

2009        Mediation Skills Training - Certification (Northwestern University)

2009        Divorce Mediation Training - Certification (Northwestern University)

2009        Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Sterling, IL

2009        Mediation Skills Training Institute (LMPC) Lombard, IL

2008        Autism-Asperger's Syndrome Conference (Future Horizons) Dixon, IL

2007        A Strength-Based Approach to AS, NVLD,& HFA (HealthEd) Moline, IL

2006        Understanding Individuals with AS or HFA (Lorman) Rockford, IL

Community Involvement

2016 - 2017           Board Member, Voices Against Violence Coalition (VAVC)

2014 – 2015          Board Member, Kewanee Community Drug & Alcohol Task Force

2013 – present       Volunteer Storm Spotter, City of Kewanee, IL ESDA

2010 – present       Kewanee Ministerial President (2013-2015), Vice Pres. (2011- 2013)

2008 – present       Parent Advocate Galva, Kewanee, Sterling School Districts

2005 – 2007          Co-developer, Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Aledo, IL

2004 – 2008          Member, Rotary Club of Aledo,IL

1996 – 2008          Board Member, United Appeal Fund of Mercer County