The Rev’d Dr. David A. Zwifka is currently Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon, PA (Diocese of Bethlehem). He has been engaged is parochial ministry, diocesan administration, and teaching at the graduate level. He was Lecturer in Religious Studies at Niagara University (Lewiston, NY), Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, NY) and Summer Lecturer in Canon Law at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). A native of Western New York, Father Zwifka holds a B.A. from Houghton College (Houghton, NY), a M.A.(Theo.)/M.Div. equivalence from Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, NY), and both the J.C.L. and J.C.D. degrees from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). He was ordained deacon in 1980, a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo in 1981 and was admitted to ministry in The Episcopal Church in 2006 after six years lay activity within the Episcopal Church. He also has experience as a consultant and executive for non-profit organizations. He often assists other parishes in clarifying their mission and planning for the future.
Dr. Zwifka is a member of the Advisory Board for the Stevenson School for Ministry, and, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, functions as the director of the Spiritual Formation Program within SSFM and is an adjunct faculty member at Lancaster Theological Seminary in the Anglican Studies Program jointly offered with SSFM. He is a charter member of The Society of Scholar Priests, an organization dedicated to reconnecting theology with parish life.
Dr. Zwifka is most passionate about the ministry of preaching. “Bringing the Word of God to the People of God is one of the most important things any pastor does. In the preaching ministry, one touches just about every aspect of a person’s spiritual life. I have always taken seriously the admonition St. Paul gave to Timothy: ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.’” In SSFM, he teaches courses in homiletics, canon law, Scripture, and facilitates a course designed to prepare candidates for The Episcopal Church’s General Ordination Examination held each January.
Father Zwifka resides in Harrisburg and is married to Kenneth J. Suter, an attorney that works for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.