Welcome to Paraphrase Theatre!

Welcome to Paraphrase Theatre!
So glad you stopped by.  My name is Jonathan Swenson.  I’m a trained actor, an ordained pastor and the founding director of Paraphrase Theatre.  It is my great joy to be traveling all around the country to church events, youth gatherings, conferences, retreats and other special events…. sharing stories about God’s radical love. My hope is to place those stories in the context of real life in ways that are relevant and meaningful.
 I’m currently touring the country with two dramas:  Witnesses and Celebrate the Child – both written by Curt Cloninger and performed with his permission. I’m also available as a guest speaker, teacher, or presenter.
Please feel free to explore this website and see what Paraphrase has to offer. I’m available for Sunday morning or evening worship, midweek youth and family nights, special events, retreats, conferences, you name it.
The Testimonials page on this website 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