Paul Swearengin, Senior Pastor

Paul is the Senior Pastor at The River. Paul is married to Ashley, who is the mayor of Fresno. Together they walk out their family call to make a difference in Fresno with their daughter Sydney and son Samuel. Paul’s father, Dan was a long time pastor in the Assemblies of God and is now retired and lives in Southern California with Paul’s mother, Donna. Paul is the youngest of three boys in his family, with older brother Randy who lives in Olathe, KS and Terry who lives in Riverside County, CA. Paul’s father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Ruth Ann Newton, also serve as pastors.

Paul is the son of a pastor and was called to be a pastor, himself, at an early age. However, God first placed Paul in the arena of broadcasting, beginning as a TV and Radio sportscaster in many different areas, including four years as a sports anchor/reporter for KSEE-24 in Fresno. Paul also says he earned his “Life-MBA” serving as Marketing Director for Santé’ Health System in Fresno. Paul led a team that purchased 1430 ESPN Radio in Fresno (KFIG-AM) and served as a sportstalk show host for a decade and says he served as the station’s “General Manager, Accountant and Janitor”. Having served, with wife Ashley, as a lay-minister for many years, God finally completed drawing Paul into his call as Ministry Staff Leadership in 2008.

Paul earned a BA in Broadcast Communications from California State University, Fresno in 1985 and earned his theological training in the Vineyard Leadership Institute completing his degree in 2007. Paul was ordained as a minster by the Vineyard Association of Churches in 2007 and was ordained and licensed by The River Revival Network in 2008.

When you get thirsty what do you prefer to drink?

Diet Dr. Pepper, there is no other drink that can compare. Right after God made water, he made Diet Dr. Pepper.

What is your personal theme song?

At times I would say it would be “Love Hurts” by Nazareth or “Under Pressure” by David Bowie, but today it’s “Hope’s Anthem” and “God of this City” (Sorry I can’t pick just one).

The best geographic place you have ever been?

The first time I set foot in San Francisco I thought it had to be heaven. It is the most beautiful city in the world and my favorite anywhere!

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Be Patient, God’s Not Finished with Me Yet

The book that changed your life?

After the Bible, it is “When Heaven Invades Earth”. That book confirmed all that God was stirring in our hearts and encouraged us to “GO FOR IT”!