After first serving as an Intern, then a Pastoral Resident, then the Youth Pastor, an Elder and Associate Pastor, Judah Dwight stepped into the position of Living Grace Fellowship’s Lead Pastor. With the guidance of his mentor Pastor Emeritus Mike Swagerty, the support of the congregation, and the love of his soon to be wife Kierra, Pastor Judah has transitioned into the position smoothly and found great success in leadership.
Pastor Judah Dwight received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL where he studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. While in school, he participated in extra-curricular activities like speech, debate, chorale studies, student government and theatre. He is the recipient of the Superior Honor Award from the National Association of Dramatic Speech Arts for short play he wrote and directed. He was also blessed to write and perform the inaugural speech for the Bethune-Cookman University’s sixth President, Dr. Edison O. Jackson.
In 2017 Judah completed Seminary earning a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies & Theology from Grace Communion International Seminary. Following the completion of his Master’s degree, Judah spent some time learning about local government and became a graduate of the City Management Academy in 2018. He is the current Mr. Black Sacramento and a
fierce advocate for underprivileged and underrepresented peoples.
In his spare time, Judah Dwight enjoys hiking, swimming and traveling and has been to 17 countries. He pursues his passions which include social justice issues, community service projects. He is a proud member of Alpha Nu Omega Christian Fraternity Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
David Houck serves as the Worship Director for Living Grace Fellowship. He is the second of three boys born in Des Moines Iowa, and raised all over the Western half of the US. His Elementary School years were spent in Visalia, Ca., and by then, he had two little sisters.
As a young adult, he left church, studied art, came back to church, sang in the choir, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science. Originally, he believed he would teach High School but instead moved to Dallas, Texas, where he earned my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and continued to sing in the choir. Later, he moved back to Sacramento and spent many years working with stroke survivors, and now works as a certified Hand Therapist.
He began leading worship in 1998, and has been LGF’s Worship Director for five years. He married his beautiful wife, Oksana, 17 years ago and they have two amazing children: a fourteen year old daughter who sings an plays piano, and a four year old son, who sings. They also sponsor three children in developing countries. David is passionate about justice, especially the work of International Justice Mission and enjoys mountaineering and photography.
Nancy Curtis and Linda Wakeley make up our administrative team and make sure our ministry operates in excellence. They have been serving at Living Grace Fellowship for over twenty years in multiple capacities from chairing events, to pastoral care, to representation at denomination events. Nancy is skilled in clerical and administrative functions, while Linda is gifted in hospitality, networking and church health and growth. Both Nancy and Linda are blessed to have loving and supporting Husbands who also serve in the ministry.
Our Worship Service teams are comprised of all of the folks that help make sure our worship service goes smoothly and includes our Ushers, Video Ministry Team, Sound Team, Hospitality Team and Kitchen Team. This teams are comprised of some incredible individuals who put their hearts into serving people.
Mike & Sandy Swagerty
Pastor Emeritus” Lead Pastor 1993-2017 & First Lady
Pastor Michael Swagerty has served faithfully as the Senior Pastor of Living Grace Fellowship Church for the past 25 years. He is a native Californian born and raised outside of Modesto in a small farming community. He received his call to ministry while attending Hughson Union High School and from that moment on, he has dedicated his life to participating in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
After graduating from High School, he majored in Theology and minored in Communication at Ambassador College, graduated in 1968 and was ordained right out of college in by Grace Communion International (formerly World Wide Church of God). He received a Master of Pastoral Studies in 2013 from Grace Communion Seminary. He has been serving in pastoral ministry all his life, with assignments in Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, and now in Sacramento, CA.
Pastor Swagerty has been instrumental in leading many people to Christ, ministering to communities all over the United States, marrying and baptizing many, and has served as a mentor and an advocate for men, women and children over his four decade long career. He married the love of his life, Sandy Swagerty on May 26, 1968 and they have been blessed to share 49 years of marriage, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.