Welcome to Paraphrase Theatre

WHO?  _img9691JONATHAN SWENSON – Trained Actor, Ordained Pastor, Professional Speaker, Performer, Vocalist.  (Also Husband, Father & Crazed MN Vikings Fan)
WHAT? Creatively Communicating the Gospel in Fresh and Relevant Ways
HOW?  I travel around the country to churches, youth gatherings, conferences, retreats and other special events, sharing stories about God’s radical love in Jesus through drama and public speaking.
WITNESSES – 8 Characters, 1 Actor, A Fresh Look at Jesus. You’ll laugh, cry and leave with a renewed understanding of God’s love for you.  Great for just about any church or community gathering you can imagine.  Thomas
CELEBRATE THE CHILD – A wonderful way to celebrate the birth of Jesus during Advent and Christmas through Sunday or midweek worship, youth/family nights, special Christmas events, Church Christmas Programs and more.
VISITING HOURS – A very special presentation for churches, hospitals and any type of health-care organization.  A joyous celebration of how God works in the Hospital setting, and how each person there plays an important part in God’s plan for care and community during difficult times.
All three of these dramas are written by Curt Cloninger and performed with his permission. I 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.
MOUNT CARMEL – In addition to the ministries of Paraphrase Theatre, I am also the Director of Programming at Mount Carmel Family Camp and Retreat Center in Alexandria, MN. 
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.  We would love to have you come join us there for a week of Family Camp or Adult 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