Presbytery of St. Augustine

Honoring two teaching elders

Remembering Bert Swearingen and John Nicolson


We give thanks for the life and ministry of two of our Honorably Retired Teaching Elders, Bert C. Swearingen and John Nicolson who faithfully served in our presbytery.

Bert Swearingen died suddenly on February 23. Bert was a warm and welcoming minister who was from Jacksonville and returned to North Florida in his retirement, where he served the Northside Presbyterian Church for many years. Click here to read more about Bert’s life and ministry.

A week later we received word that John Nicolson died. A memorial service will be held March 21 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church where he was pastor for 16 years. Read more about John’s ministry and details about his memorial service.