Wesley A. Swift

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Wesley A. Swift
Died1970 (aged 56–57)

Wesley A. Swift (1913–1970) was a former Methodist minister from Southern California who is most famous for his racist views.[1] In the 1940s, Swift started his own church, later known as the Church of Jesus Christ Christian.[2] The church's website now states that "Wesley Swift is considered the single most significant figure in the early years of the Christian Identity movement in the United States."[3] He is also responsible for the formation of the Antelope Valley chapter of the Ku Klux Klan[4] and is associated with the militant Christian group the California Rangers. He has been denounced for his views by members of the left and right both, including condemnation from Robert W. Welch Jr. of the John Birch Society. Swift died in a Mexican clinic on October 8, 1970, apparently from a heart attack.[5]


  1. ^ https://archive.org/details/ChristianIdentity-RaceInTheBible-Dr.WesleyA.Swift
  2. ^ "Extremism in America: Aryan Nations/Church of Jesus Christ Christian". Anti-Defamation League. 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
  3. ^ "Church of Jesus Christ - Christian". Church of Jesus Christ - Christian. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ Marinacci, Michael (26 January 2015). "Califia's Children: Wesley Swift and the Church of Jesus Christ - Christian".
  5. ^ Barkun, Michael (2014). Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement. UNC Press Books. p. 68. ISBN 9781469611112. Retrieved 6 July 2018.