SENIOR PASTORRev. Fredrick Sweetwyne
Pastor Sweetwyne was appointed as the senior pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church (UMC), Downtown Baton Rouge, LA, in September 2017 where he presently serves as senior pastor, along with his wife Ollie Sweetwyne and son Elijah Sweetwyne.
Prior to this appointed he served as Senior Pastor at St. James UMC in Belle Rose, LA and Jordan UMC in Zion City, Baton Rouge, LA, from 2014-2017. Pastor Sweetwyne is a licensed and ordained Elder in Full Connection in the Louisiana Annual Conferenceof the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Sweetwyne was born in Montgomery, Alabama and at the age of four, Frederick and his twin brother Cedrick moved with their family to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was educated in the Orleans Parrish School System.
Pastor Sweetwyne attended Texas Southern University(TSU) in Houston, Texas on a music scholarship, and played in the TSU marching band. He is a graduate of Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management. Reverend Sweetwyne started seminary at Morehouse School of Religion and received a Master of Divinity Degree from Gammon Theological Seminary, the United Methodist constituent member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).
Prior to entering the ministry, Pastor Sweetwyne’s professional career was in Virginia, South Carolina and Louisiana. His areas of specialty are sales, finance and management. He has a passion for helping people strategize their financial portfolios. While in the mortgage business he assisted thousands of families in becoming homeowners, refinancing homes and becoming financially secure. Pastor Sweetwyne was self-employed and licensed in 42 states as a non-depository banker.
Pastor Sweetwyne’s journey has been to help those called “the least of these”, for the common good of humankind. To say the least, he is excited about Jesus Christ and committed to putting his ear to the voice of God. His favorite scripture is Jude 1:20-21, (20) “But you, beloved, build yourself up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the holy spirit, (21) keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life” where he believes that everyone can grow from where they are right now, as they build on their most holy faith.