Guiding leading-edge Boomers in discovering purpose and passion in life and ministry
Never before have we seen a generation like this one! The Boomers, born between the years 1946 and 1964, are 76-million people strong in the U.S.. The generation is big in number and powerful in presence.
The leading-edge Boomers (currently age 55-70) are beginning to think about what it might look like to “retire.” Lives are filled with change and transition, questions and challenges, decisions and deliberations. A common theme among Boomers is their search for meaning and purpose. This generation is typified by action and simply retiring to a rocking chair is out of the question. Yet, oftentimes after a lifetime of striving and achieving, one is faced with the real question of what is next? What do I do with the rest of my life?
Re-Ignite is dedicated to helping leading-edge Boomers discover their unique purpose and passion – in life and ministry.
Within the pages of this website you’ll find articles, resources, ideas, thoughts — all to point you toward a God who has designed you for purpose and meaning. It’s time to re-ignite those passions and dreams!
Re-Ignite Founders and Facilitators:
Richard and Leona Bergstrom
We are leading edge Boomers. We love rock and roll, our grandchildren, travel, and our iPads and Kindle Fires! We desire to make the most of the bonus years God is giving us, utilizing our life experiences, values, passions, and priorities. God wants us all to live lives that impact our world for Him.
We have spent 40 years in ministry, in the pastorate, as consultants, writers and speakers. We have researched midlife and aging issues, focusing on the influence this Boomer generation can have in the world.
It’s an exciting journey. We know. We are on it!
Richard L. Bergstrom, D.Min. is President of ChurchHealth, a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to pastoral renewal, church revitalization, and community transformation. He also serves as the Executive Pastor at Northshore Baptist Church in Kirkland, WA. Richard has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California (1972); a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Denver Seminary, Denver, Colorado (1976); and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon (1984). He has served as a pastor in two churches, associate pastoral staff in three churches, as a denominational district executive minister, and as a church consultant. Together with his wife, Leona, Richard served for 10 years as co-director of 2nd ½ for Him Ministries, Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference.)He is co-author of the book, Amazing Grays: Unleashing the Power of Age in Your Congregation, and Mastering Church Finances (1992, Multnomah Press). He and his wife, Leona, along with their son, Jonathan Bergstrom (Smallfire Films) produced “Musical Chairs,” a thought-provoking 10-minute film about finding purpose in the second half of life.
Leona Bergstrom is Director of Re-Ignite and Lifetime, ministry divisions of ChurchHealth. Leona has a B.A. degree in Sociology from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California (1973). She is a Certified Aging Service Professional having completed certificate programs in Retirement Housing Administration, Human Service Management and Project Management. She has worked in the field of gerontology for 35 years, planning, implementing and managing a variety of social and health care programs for older adults and their families. Along with Richard, Leona co-directed 2nd ½ for Him Ministries of Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference) from 2003-2014. She has served as a ministry leader and member of the Board of Directors for CASA Network. Her earlier professional roles include: Director of Programs for CRISTA Senior Community in Seattle, WA, Director of Senior Health for St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington, Community outreach educator for the Area Agency on Aging and Chair of the gerontology certificate program at Western Washington University. She is co-author of the book,Amazing Grays: Unleashing the Power of Age in Your Congregation and co-producer of the film Musical Chairs. She has published articles in several Christian magazines and blogs. and is a respected speaker on the issues of midlife, aging and caregiving.
The Bergstroms live in Seattle, Washington.