Back in April, I had the fantastic opportunity to interview the Rev.Dr. David Swanson of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and Andrae Bailey, President, and CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. Both of these men are doing phenomenal work in addressing the issue of homelessness here in Central Florida. We discussed not only the problems we are facing here in our own backyard, but also ways that individual Christians and churches can get involved to help address this issue in their local communities. I hope you are encouraged and inspired by our conversation together.
The Rev. Dr. David D. Swanson is the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Dr. Swanson received his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Swanson has served on the board of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness since 2013, is a member of the Executive Committee, and is now the Chair of the Chronic Homelessness Subcommittee. The Chronic Committee has implemented a plan to house 142 chronically homeless people in the next twelve months and is on track to end all Veterans Homelessness in our region by 2016.
Andrae Bailey has led and partnered with some of the most successful independent sector organizations throughout the United States, working in this field for almost two decades. His goal is to help leaders find collaborative and strategic approaches to creating change that impacts their communities and finds solutions to critical social issues. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, a Florida-based nonprofit organization. In 2015, Governor Rick Scott appointed Andrae to the Florida Council on Homelessness. Andrae graduated from Heritage University and Seminary, and received a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. He also completed the Rollins College Crummer School of Business mini MBA Program and is an instructor at the Edyth Bush Institute of Philanthropy.