Pr. Jack’s Quick Bio

Rev. Dr. John E. Swanson was born in Chicago, IL on Sept. 24, 1935 and passed away in Little Rock, AR on August 3, 2002 at the age of 66 years.

“Jack” received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Augustana Campus), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from LSTC (Chicago).

Pr. Jack was Executive Director for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) in Oregon, IL from the early 1970s until the late 1990s. The documents available in this library come from his extensive curriculum writing for use in the outdoor setting.

What Did Noah Do About Trash?

Pr, Jack's doctoral thesis and soon-after became a published book.

A Theology of Garbage

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Connecting the WORD of God to the WORLD of God.

Visit LOMC!

We invite you to take a look at the ministries of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL.

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Ants + Bats

and Things Like That!

Ants+Bats and Things Like That

Ecosystems, Diversity, Mutualism, Inclusivity and Spirituality

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Pr. Jack’s Library

Included in this collection are the many summer and other-season curriculum that Pr. Jack wrote for use at LOMC. You will also find music, Bible studies, papers and many more treasures that help us connect the Word of God to the world of God.

The documents may include copyrighted material from other sources such as field guides, etc. and are the property of those sources.

Files are being added as they are scanned.


On the prairie of north-central Illinois, the Illinois Synod of the Lutheran Church in America adopted a parcel of 640 acres of land in 1972, intent upon constructing a church camp for youth and adult programming. Pastor John “Jack” Swanson, the founding Director of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC), Oregon, IL, had an eye for nature and a head for ecological theology.

Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig, “Ecological Restoration and Scenes of Grace,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics,  (2/01/2015)

Pastor Swanson arranged for a naturalist to inventory the land. Swanson and the other founding leaders wanted to know what kind of classroom they had for nature study, and what kind of habitat for hiking and camping they could host for participants at LOMC. The results of the survey by the naturalist were thrilling: there were remnants of original prairie on site, despite years of previous uses and abuse of the land. The grassland inhabited by indigenous people and encountered by pioneers moving westward was still present in patches of land that was now becoming a place named LOMC.

Quotes from Pr. Jack

God does not act one way within the context of the faith story and then do things differently in the rest of life.
Like the surfer, the Christian is empowered by the Spirit and borne into the world to make a difference.
The community is not composed solely of people. It is made up of all things that are biotic and abiotic, living and nonliving, human and nonhuman.

Freedom To Grow

Produced in the early 1990s.

The LOMC Story

Filmstrip produced in the early 1980s. Beeps included!