- Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. SwansonPastor(904) 223-6922 (ext 3)
The Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson comes to Hodges Blvd Presbyterian Church from the Central Presbyterian Church of Miami, where he had served as pastor for ten years. He has also served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Gatesville, Texas, for eight years. He was Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life Lecturer for Westminster College, while serving as Parish Associate for First Presbyterian Church in Fulton, Missouri, and Parish Associate for College Ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Waco, Texas. He has worked as a Fiscal Analyst for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank, and as Lecturer in Economics and Ethics for Baylor University and Central Texas College.
Swanson was born in California but moved to Vienna, Virginia when he was three years old and grew up there. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a degree in economics, and he was awarded the Master of Divinity in 1996 from Princeton Theological Seminary. He completed a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics with minors in New Testament and Business Administration in 2005 from Baylor University.
He is a long distance runner, having run in many marathons and ultra-marathons. He enjoys teaching, reading and traveling.
- Debbie AbbottDirector of Faith Formation(904) 223-6922 (ext 4)
Debbie Abbott, a Certified Christian Educator, is the Director of Faith Formation for children, youth and adults. Debbie strongly believes that we have a creative God, so we need to exercise our creative muscles to glorify and thank God. She accomplishes her creativity through promoting intergenerational gatherings, thinking outside the box, diving deep into the Bible, and going out into the world to spread God’s love. Her passion is “shining brightly,” puppets, tweens, adults, and mission. Growing up in Illinois, New York City and South Carolina, then living in four other states, as well as 4 overseas countries (The Netherlands, Italy, England, and Venezuela), Debbie brings vast cultural and people experience to her ministry at Hodges.
Her undergraduate degree is in English Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and masters degree is from Winthrop in The Art of Teaching English. After completing a rigorous program of study and practice, Debbie received her Certified Christian Educator certification through Union Seminary in 2017. This brings new skills and ideas to HBPC’s Christian education for all ages.
Debbie and her husband Ned have been married close to 40 years. They have 2 fabulous adult kids, Gwyn and Brooks. Tennis, travel, food, drama and simply being in nature are a few of her passions.
- Jenni Braden ColeNursery and Early Childhood Coordinator(904) 223-6922
Jenni Braden Cole is our Nursery and Early Childhood Coordinator. Jenni has attended our church since she was 2 1/2 years old and thinks of Hodges as her second home. Indeed, Jenni was baptized, confirmed and married in this church. Jenni has worked in our nursery for over seven years and brings great love and valuable experience to this position.
After attending Mandarin High School, where she was President of the Key Club and ultimately Lt. Governor of the Key Club of NE Florida, she attended FSCJ and earned her AA degree in Business Administration and her Child Development Associate Certification.
In November 2017, Jenni and her husband Chris welcomed their own bundle of joy, Charlie Ann, into this world to begin her faith journey at Hodges.
- Kimberly WelchPreschool Director(904) 254-7304
Kimberly grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Akron in Early Childhood Education and American Sign Language. She has been in Early Childhood Ed for more than 30 years. She met her husband Scott during college and have four children together, Victoria, Jordan, Haley and Zach. She is also the proud grandma (Neena) of two beautiful grandchildren, Lincoln and Elliana.
Kim started at the preschool in 2002 as the Assistant teacher in the HBPC PMO program. She taught the 3’s class and started teaching VPK in 2005. During that time, she received her National Directors Credential, then went on to serve as the Assistant Director and now the Director in 2020.
In her free time, she loves to read, craft and garden. But most especially loves when her whole family can be together.
- Andy SnyderYouth Director
Andy was a state champion debater in high school, president of his national championship team in college, and later a coach at University of Chicago while in Divinity School there. For him, critical thinking and questioning are an important part of faith: if more communities had open discussion and argument before controversial decisions, perhaps consensus would form and fewer splits would happen.
He was a physics major at Emory and was taught to question everything. He encouraged argument and discussion in his teaching at the City University of New York in philosophy and religion and follows the scriptural imperative to “test everything and hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Religion and science discussions and finding common ground in public language shared by the non-religious are all part of Andy's journey, which he believes is enriched by taking the other side, stepping in someone else’s shoes.
When he's not writing about religion and science or the theology of debate, he's working on Mobile Wash Unit songs and making cat videos.