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Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church

Church Staff

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Marc Swearingen

Senior Pastor


Pastor Marc is originally from Bath, Maine, and attended church regularly from an early age through the influence of his Christian mother. He was baptized at the age of nine and sensed a divine calling to ministry at that early age, but gradually lost interest in spiritual things during his teenage and young adult years. After graduating from college in 1991, he moved from job to job, never finding peace or contentment. After relocating to Lake City, Florida in 1995, Pastor Marc took Bible studies from the local SDA pastor, and his divine calling to ministry was rekindled. He was rebaptized in early 1996, and began an evangelistic ministry with the Florida Conference in 1999. Since that time he has served in the Florida, Carolina, and Chesapeake Conferences as an evangelist and pastor, and has conducted 46 public evangelistic meetings, including a recent international series in Cuba. Pastor Marc has been married to his wife Sarah for nearly 16 years, and they have three wonderful children together - Abigail, Jonathan, and Samantha. He enjoys teaching, exercise, and spending time with family and friends.


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Ray Valenzuela

Associate Pastor


Pastor Ray was born in a small town in northern Mexico and immigrated to Kansas City, Kansas when he was nine years old. He first accepted Christ as a teenager at a Christian summer camp. He first heard the Seventh-day Adventist message when local church members arrived to his house and invited his family to church. Since then, he has felt God leading his life and felt the call to serve him as a senior in high school. He went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Theology from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and is completing a Master's Degree in Divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  He has worked for the church in Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Maryland as a Spanish teacher, boys' dean, Bible worker, and youth pastor. He is married to Alyssa, who is his partner in ministry. Pastor Ray is passionate about mission work, sports, and seeing young people grow into their full potential in Christ. He loves getting to know members and visitors. Feel free to contact him to hang out, talk, or grab lunch together.