PASTOR BILL SWAD SR.
13, 1930 - February 9, 2014|
of Heaven opened wide on February 9, 2014 as Bill Swad, Sr. passed through
to be with his closest friend, Jesus. And God said, "Well done, my good and
faithful servant." "He who winneth souls is wise." Throughout his 83 years
on earth he accomplished so much. First and foremost, he was a soul winner.
As an auto dealer since April 8, 1957, you could not purchase a vehicle
without him telling you about our Lord and Savior. He witnessed to everyone,
waitresses, store clerks, presidents of companies, bankers, governors,
lawyers, judges, restaurant owners and the kids on the street. Bill was
founder and president of 5 auto dealerships: American Motors,
Chrysler-Plymouth, Datsun, Winnebago and Chevrolet. He owned Omega Life
Insurance Company and Hamilton Acceptance Corporation. He was Founder and
Senior Pastor of Christian Center Church, in Gahanna, Ohio, for 49 years.
The reason he started his auto dealerships was to support his church. His
annual salary at Christian Center was one dollar. Bill, at one time, was
Chairman of the Executive Committee of Oral Roberts University from which he
received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Bill was extremely active in the Full
Gospel Businessmen's Association (FGBMA), working to establish numerous
chapters throughout Ohio. He also did motivational speaking and preaching
all over the world as he was continually on fire for the Lord. After selling
his auto dealerships, Bill became involved in his residential community
where he avidly served as President of the Colts Neck Homeowners
Association. He was dedicated to keep everything beautiful as he worked with
the Board to accomplish their goals. And while doing this he grew close to
many of his Board Members who worked so diligently. All who had the
privilege of knowing Bill Swad knew that he had a burden for anyone who had
a problem. If you were having a problem and you came to him, he was always
there to help and encourage in any way possible. Bill was born in Martins
Ferry, Ohio on Friday, June 13, 1930. He was the son of Albert and Lela
Davis Swad. He had four siblings, all deceased, Albert, Jr., Ernest Eugene,
Kenneth and Betty (Heid). Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sally, of 37
1/2 years; two sons, Bill Swad, Jr., (Barbara), Kevin Swad, (Annette); and
three daughters, Kathy, (Jim) Cummings, Sue (Jeff) Lucas, and Laurie Archer
Locke; and adored pets, Maggie and Mollie; 13 grandchildren, Noah (Meghan),
Lee (Lindsey), Amy, Chad, James, Tara, Jeffrey (Sarah), Kate, Stephanie,
Zack, Basil, Jacob and Madison; seven great grandchildren, Audrey, Gavin,
Avery, Whitney, Dylan, Chloe and Jackson. Bill was a wonderful role model
for all of his family and friends. He was our love - our strength and he
shall be greatly missed. But we shall stand strong as he would want us to
do, as we know he is with the Lord and we shall meet again someday. II
Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith". 'A Going Home Celebration' will be at Christian Center
Church, 298 S. Rocky Fork Dr., Gahanna, Ohio at 11 a.m. Monday, February 17.
Pastor Bill Young and Bill Swad, Jr. will be officiating. Visiting hours
will be Sunday, February 16, 5-8 p.m. at Christian Center Church. In lieu of
flowers, you may send donations to: Christian Center, 298 S. Rocky Fork
Drive, Gahanna, Ohio 43230. Arrangements have been entrusted to SCHOEDINEGR
NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 E Johnstown Rd. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a
favorite memory or send a condolence.
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BILL SWAD SR.
During the last thirty years, I have counseled with hundreds of
people who have been trapped by self-doubt, unbelief, and fear. Many have asked
"How can I know success?". I pray that as you navigate through the pages of this
web site, you will discover that God has planted "Seeds of Greatness" in you and
will shower you with His blessings as long as you seek Him first.