Welcome to Paraphrase Theatre

Greetings! My name is Jonathan Swenson. I’m a trained actor and an ordained pastor. It is my great joy to be traveling all around the country to churches, youth gatherings, conferences, retreats and other special events, sharing stories about God’s radical love.
WitnessesCelebrate the Child and Visiting Hours.  All three are written by Curt Cloninger and performed with his permission. I’m also have a variety of individual monologues and characters that can supplement your message or be used as part of a larger service or event.
“SURVIVOR STORY” —  In this deeply personal and very moving presentation, my wife Jana and I share our journey with Jana’s two round of Breast Cancer.  We talk very candidly about our fears, struggles, doubts and faith in the midst of the storm.  As part of the sharing, Jonathan performs dramatic monologues and we help the audience identify their own spiritual, relational and emotional needs during times of crisis.
“SCRIBBLIN’ GRACE”  is a teaching/drama that explores the connection between Grace & Discipleship.   It works great for Confirmation, Youth/Family Nights, Adult Education, Retreats and more.
Please feel free to explore this website and see what Paraphrase has to offer.  The Testimonials page may also be helpful. It shares reflections from pastors and other church leaders who have hosted me at their churches and special events.
In addition to the ministries of Paraphrase Theatre, I am also the Director of Programming at Mount Carmel Family Camp and Retreat Center. 10494933_10154349376585711_6881386430041141523_o It is my delight to help host people of all ages.. and families of every shape and size…. for times of fun, rest and renewal in Jesus.. at this beautiful get-away located on the shores of Lake Carlos in Alexandria, MN.  We would love to have you come join us there for a week of family camp.. or a special Fall, Winter or Spring Retreat!  See www.mountcarmelmnistries.com for more details.
For more information about booking me for your church or event.. or to learn more about Mount Carmel, please contact me at:
Jonathan Swenson