The saints who aided in founding Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute as well as those who have continued the work have contributed in many ways, some building with knowledge, some building with character, and others building with wood and brick. Mr. Raymond Swauger built with all of these. Raymond was among the first Asbury student teams to come help Lela McConnell in the construction of the Mount Carmel School Campus. He later helped in the construction of the new KMBI campus. His handiwork remains evident on both campus.
Mr. Swauger was born in Apollo, Pennsylvania, in April 22, 1887. After serving in World War I, he enrolled at Gettysburg College to study Architectural Engineering. In 1925, thanks to the prayers of his father, he was sanctified and began attending Asbury College. After meeting Miss Lela G. McConnell, he and some other Asbury students came to Breathitt County in 1925 to build the Mt. Carmel Administration Building and part of the boys’ dorm so that classes could begin that fall.