About leona

Leona Bergstrom is a writer, speaker and consultant. She currently directs the ministry of Re-Ignite, a division of ChurchHealth. Passionate about inspiring her Boomer peers, Leona has written and developed Re-Ignite curriculum, co-authored Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? and My Life After Work. She manages a weekly blog, and contributes articles to magazines and newsletters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Richard.

Recipe for a Successful Second-Half Marriage: Grace, Grit, and Giggles

For a sizzling second-half marriage, you need...  Grace, Grit, and Giggles Every year when we go out for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary, my husband asks our server the same question, “Do you know what happened on June 17, 1972?” Then with a wink and a smile, he quickly adds, “Besides our wedding, of [...]

By |2021-01-28T13:54:10-08:00January 28th, 2021|News|1 Comment

Proceed to THE Route!

I am proud of my ability to find my way. I have always assumed I had a flawless internal compass that leads me to my desired destination. However, now that Siri lives inside my iPhone and gives dependable and accurate driving directions, I’ve concluded that historically I may have spent more time than necessary wandering around [...]

By |2020-12-30T15:27:41-08:00December 30th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Proceed to THE Route!


On a cold winter night in 1816, a young Austrian priest walked the streets of his parish. He was stunned by the tranquility and calm— a stark contrast from the years of chaos, conflict, and war. Experiencing this new serenity, Joseph Mohr penned a simple, reflective poem. Several years later, the Church assigned Fr. Mohr [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:40:49-08:00December 15th, 2020|News|Comments Off on LOST WORDS

The Power of Purpose in a Pandemic – A Webinar

Richard and Leona Bergstrom, Co-Directors of Re-Ignite, were recently guests on a webinar hosted by Dr. Mark Roberts, Executive Director of the De Pree Center for Leadership, Fuller Seminary. The title of the webinar was "The Power of Purpose in a Pandemic." This interactive session is helping launch the "Third Third" Initiative of the De [...]

By |2020-10-21T13:11:32-07:00October 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on The Power of Purpose in a Pandemic – A Webinar

Hunkering Down Where It Is Safe

by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite September 1, 2020 Author's note: I wrote this little allegory on April 23, 2020 to encourage my kids and grandkids who were hunkered down because of COVID 19 restrictions. We were sure it would soon be over. But, alas, today on this first day of September, we are still wondering [...]

By |2020-09-01T15:05:32-07:00September 1st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Hunkering Down Where It Is Safe

Are we where we are?

Richard and I stood at another glass-enclosed kiosk and studied the enlarged map of the old city. We consulted and photographed such maps frequently during our 6-week/10 countries trip to Europe a few years ago. We loved the confidence and security experienced when we found the red circle indicating, “You Are HERE.”  This particular time, [...]

By |2020-06-24T15:50:25-07:00June 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Are we where we are?

Transforming an Old Monarch

By Leona Bergstrom, Re-Ignite  I am an old Monarch. No, I’m not the Queen of England. I’m a butterfly currently hanging out in a beautiful garden in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been fluttering around here for a couple of weeks and have seen a lot of things come and go—blossoms, people, and insects. On an ordinary [...]

By |2020-05-04T10:52:45-07:00May 4th, 2020|News|14 Comments

A Key Message

These days I am disinfecting everything that doesn’t move. I was a tad chagrined to notice that for some time, I’ve ignored one significant surface—my computer keyboard. Meticulously I took a treasured Lysol wipe to the little white keys. Two keys were particularly grubby: Escape and Control. Curious. They must be my most frequently used. [...]

By |2020-04-27T12:27:36-07:00April 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on A Key Message

And then, they moved the line.

Until today, I considered myself an active, engaged, still-working Boomer–enthusiastically involved in ministry with my peers. That was until today when they moved the line. I am now in a separated group called “age 65 and older.” Our federal and state governments are expecting those born before the year 1956 to stay home. Get out [...]

By |2021-03-12T12:12:56-08:00March 17th, 2020|News|1 Comment