Raymond Swatkowski has been appointed as WEA’s Deputy Secretary General for Operations in August of 2018. Before joining the WEA, Raymond served for fourteen years as the Executive vice president (COO) for Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference), followed by the last nine years as vice president of church mobilization for Pinnacle Ministries. He is a graduate of Ft. Wayne Bible College (BS) and Trinity International University (M.Div.). He and his wife, Kay, have served as church planters in St. Louis, MO, missionaries to France as church planters, and director of Church Relations for Converge, prior to accepting the role as EVP. He served for 10 years on the board of the Baptist Church Committee for religious liberty.
He is the coauthor of The Church Retool Kit Pathway, which has been used to mobilize plateaued and declining churches in the United States, the Philippines, Japan and Mexico. His experience of training leaders in those countries has broadened his appreciation for and commitment to building strong churches to effectively bring the Gospel to their communities.
He and Kay coauthored Make Yourself At Home: Discovering the Heart of the Church, published by Discovery House. Kay is the author of A Grandmother’s Prayers, (also published by DH). She has a background in children’s education and has served as Director of Women’s Ministries at a district level, and Director of Children’s Ministries at a local church. They have four children and eight grandchildren in whom they take great delight.