Dr. Vernon Swift is pastor of the Elizabeth Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Moderator of the New Antioch Bethlehem District Association of Tuscaloosa, AL. Reverend Swift has served as an adjunct instructor at The University of Alabama and at the Partlow State School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Reverend Swift’s educational accomplishments include an Associate Degree in Social Science from Mary Holmes College in West Point, MS a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from The University of Alabama. Reverend Swift completed additional studies at Mississippi State University in Starville, MS, Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, AL, Howard Extension of Samford University in Tuscaloosa, AL and the Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College in Birmingham, AL. In 1983 Mary Holmes College bestowed upon him the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. In 2010 Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College also bestowed upon Reverend Swift an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree.
Dr. Swift is President Emeritus of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. He is also Vice President Emeritus of the Southwest Region of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
Dr. Swift currently serves as founder and Chairman of the Board of Elizabeth Project Care, Inc. an organization that includes the 100 Boys/100 Men Program, Senior Citizens, Substance Abuse Program and Child Development Center. Dr. Swift is the Author of the book “Hiding Behind the Blood” a collection of Sermons and Lectures. Some of his accomplishments include the building of a two-story multipurpose Family Life Center and most recent, a five million dollar ultra-modern sanctuary.
Under Dr. Swift’s administration as President of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention significant contributions were made to historic Selma University financially by eliminating debts, ensuring accreditations are maintained and enhancing the beautification of the campus. However, more significant than Dr. Swifts many pastoral accomplishments and academic credentials, is his genuine love for the people of God. He is an “anointed shepherd” who takes his calling seriously.
Dr. Swift is married to Josephine Ware Swift and they are the proud parents of a son, Vernon Keith (LaShanda) and a daughter, Dr. Felisa Swift Washington (Reverend Dr. C. Michael Washington). They have six grandchildren: Kameron Keith, Kennedey Elizabeth, Christien Michaei, Camden Micaliph, Casen Michael and Cylen Mariah.