pastor bob sweet

Rev. Bob Sweet was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee where he grew up in the United Methodist Church. He graduated from high school in 1971. 

He earned a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1975. After graduation it was off to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida for naval flight training. He earned his “Wings of Gold” as a Navy Pilot in 1976 and began what would become a career in the Navy.  He retired from the naval service in 1994. 

In January 1995, he enrolled in seminary at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated magna cum laude in 1997, earning a Master of Divinity degree.

After graduation he was appointed as the associate pastor of the Destin United Methodist Church where he served for two years. In 1999 he was ordained an elder in the Alabama West Florida Conference and was appointed to the Bethel United Methodist Church in Ozark, Alabama where he served for four years. In 2003 he was appointed as the first pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Spanish Fort, AL where he served for ten years. He served as the Executive Pastor of Pensacola First United Methodist Church for two years until being appointed to Summerdale United Methodist Church in July 2015.

Bob has been married to Rhoda for 41 years. They have three children: Nicole Aldridge, Heather Morgan, and Robert Sweet III; and four granddaughters, Savannah, Hailey, Zoe, and Khloe.

Bob enjoys reading, college football (especially Tennessee football), hunting, and fishing.