Often referred to as America’s Minister of Encouragement, Austin-born Dennis Swanberg is a pastor-turned-comedian who has won the hearts of audiences across the country.
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If laughter is truly the best medicine, then Dennis Swanberg, America’s “Minister of Encouragement” is just what the doctor ordered. With his down-home charm and heaping helping of hospitality, this Austin, Texas born pastor-turned-comedian has won the hearts of audiences across the country.
Swanberg first discovered the persuasive powers of his humorous talents while back in high school. An incorrigible class clown since first grade, the student made quick work of his teachers, principal and coaches with his uncanny ability to mimic and impersonate voices and quirks. While at college Swanberg also served as a minister of youth at a local church.
While serving in various pastorates over the years, Dennis still held his “sideline” entertainment profession, but was constantly nagged with the feeling that maybe his stage talents should become his full-time career. The day after making what he calls his “leap of faith” into stepping down from church senior pastor, his decision was rewarded with popular radio talk show host Dr. James Dobson playing one of his performances on the air.
The response was explosive. Calls began pouring in from everywhere for even more appearances and speaking engagements.
Swanberg’s list of impersonations include Don Knotts, Pat Butram (Mr. Haney of Green Acres), Walter Brennan, Howard Cosell, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Forrest Gump, Slim Pickins, John Wayne, Ross Perot Jimmy Stewart, Bert and Ernie and a host of other Sesame Street characters and many more.