If you’d like to support Dave and Jill Swavely (and others who work with them) through our nonprofit ministry described below, you can use the donation form below or send a check made out to The Way With Words to 1337 Greenhill Road, West Chester, PA, 19380. All gifts are tax deductible.

The mission of The Way With Words is to communicate the truth of the Bible in creative ways to all ages and kinds of people, both locally and globally, so they can better know and serve Jesus Christ.

Our founders Dave and Jill Swavely each have over twenty-five years of experience in gospel ministry, having started two churches and two schools together and coached and consulted numerous other ministers and ministries through the years. They have raised seven children and helped many individuals and families through biblical counsel and mentoring. Support received through The Way with Words enables them and others working with them to have the freedom to serve God in ways that make the best use of their gifts and experience for the sake of the Kingdom. To accomplish our mission, we will:

  • Write, edit, and publish books and other materials
  • Create and assist educational programs
  • Teach, counsel, disciple, and train leaders locally and globally
  • Consult in church planting and revitalization (and participate locally)

To see some pics from our various ministries, click on the video above. To see the current budget for The Way With Words, click here. To see the TW3 doctrinal statement, click here. To see a video where Dave introduces the ministry and tells how it started, click here.

TW3 Board Members

Allan and Lucy Topham have been married 50 years and currently live in the Atlanta area near their three grown daughters, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. During the last fifty years they have been involved with various church plants and revitalization settings in Canada and the United States (Ontario, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania). Both are increasingly active in teaching and counseling at several churches in the Atlanta area. They have also been active in foreign missions – leading medical teams to India to teach rural healthcare and counseling skills to pastors and seminarians. In more recent years (since 2016) Allan has traveled to multiple countries with Training Leaders International (Uganda, Haiti, and Serbia) to teach Biblical Counseling and Marriage and Family classes. Allan has an MA in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College and Lucy completed all the coursework along with him.

Don and Karen Tavolacci live in Bend, Oregon. They were married in 1975 and have two children and four grandchildren. They have served many churches and parachurch ministries through the years. Don was an elder at Grace Church of Napa Valley in California and has been a Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) in Oregon since 2010. (CASA’s mission is “Providing hope for children in foster care.”) Karen was a Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Director in California and a Community Bible Study Core Leader and Associate Teaching Director in Oregon. Don has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and has successfully developed and built commercial and residential properties over the course of three decades and three major economic downturns. By God’s grace he has led many small companies to growth in diverse industries, and after turning 72 he still runs, mountain bikes, cross country skis, and swims four to five days a week.

Dave and Pam Palmgren have been married 26 years and have four children. They live in the beautiful Sonoma Valley of Northern California. Dave has an architecture background and has worked in the signage business for over 30 years. Pam home schooled their four children and recently returned to full-time work as an Independent Study Teacher. Dave has been ordained as a ruling elder and serves on the Missions Team of their local church, while Pam has served for many years in Women’s Ministry.

Rick and Peggy Hutton have been married 36 years and reside in Sonoma, California. They have one son (Nathan) who is currently working and living in San Francisco. Rick and Peggy first met in 1982 at California State University Sonoma. Peggy received her B.S. degree in Business Management and Rick received his B.A. degree in Environmental Studies and Planning. After graduating, Peggy worked as a Claims Adjustor for State Farm Insurance for 22 years and Rick worked as a Field Operations Manager and Project Manager for two private environmental consulting firms for 21 years. Currently, they co-own and operate High-Tech Screens & Shades based in Sonoma, California. Peggy has served as bookkeeper for Faith Presbyterian Church and has been a board member for three non-profit organizations. Rick has served on the Sonoma City Council Environmental Advisory Board. They are both members of First Baptist Church of Sonoma.