About richard

Richard Bergstrom, D.Min., is a church consultant, pastor, and author. He is President of ChurchHealth and co-directs Re-Ignite with his wife, Leona. He is passionate about helping others find purpose and passion in life and ministry. He and Leona live in Seattle, Washington.

My Encounters with Billy Graham

written by Richard Bergstrom, Co-Director, Re-Ignite March 1, 2018. As I write this, Billy Graham lies in honor at the U.S. Capital as thousands line up to pay their respects to the evangelist. Tomorrow the world bids farewell to him at a private funeral in North Carolina. It has caused me to reflect on two [...]

By | 2018-03-01T12:45:02+00:00 March 1st, 2018|News|Comments Off on My Encounters with Billy Graham

The Day I Won The Lottery

The day was December 1, 1969. I was a 19-year-old sophomore transfer student at Westmont College in Montecito, California. I lived along with other classmates in Emerson Hall, a stone estate off campus that was used for student housing. I gathered around the television with other men that evening to watch this historic event–the outcome [...]

By | 2017-09-24T17:01:21+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Third Calling|1 Comment

Finding Your Voice with a Frog in Your Throat

After 27 years as the voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire is out of a job. Following Jim Henson’s unexpected death in 1990, Kermit was recast with Whitmire as his voice. In many ways, he became Kermit. For Henson, the voice of Kermit wasn’t just a role for which to audition; it was an [...]

By | 2017-07-26T19:18:48+00:00 July 26th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Finding Your Voice with a Frog in Your Throat

Awakening a Dream

written by Dr. Richard Bergstrom President, ChurchHealth/Re-Ignite In our book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, the chapter entitled “Awakening Your Dreams” ends with Leona’s wistful, yet earnest, question:  Ah, dreams, they can come true. Now, can we talk about my house on the beach? (pg. 45) Little did we [...]

By | 2017-06-26T09:32:25+00:00 June 26th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Awakening a Dream

Thoughts on My 67th Birthday

by Richard Bergstrom Today I’m celebrating my 67th birthday. I have now lived longer than my grandfather, Rudolph Bergstrom–by 192 days to be precise. He never saw his 67th birthday. It was June 9, 1964, when my family excitedly headed down Highway 93 from Kalispell, Montana on our way to Disneyland. A Montana State Trooper pulled [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 January 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Thoughts on My 67th Birthday

Finding Purpose–Creating a Movement–Changing the World

While touring Savannah recently, Leona and I stopped by the home of Juliette Gordon Low and the Carriage House which eventually became the headquarters for the Girl Scouts of America. What impressed me about Juliette's story was how her longing for a sense of purpose drove her to launch an outreach to young girls. Her [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:54+00:00 May 20th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Finding Purpose–Creating a Movement–Changing the World

Route 66: And a day to remember.

Route 66. The day was June 7, 1964. Can Stock Photo. Used by Permission. I was 14 years old. We were on our way to Disneyland--my two brothers, one sister, my parents and me. I remember it as plain as if it were yesterday. A Montana highway patrolman pulled us over as we headed [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:56+00:00 June 7th, 2015|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Route 66: And a day to remember.

Longing to Not Just Be Older — But Wiser

by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite While it is true I yearn for sage insights, wisdom doesn’t come automatically with the passing of years alone. American comedian Tom Wilson is quoted as saying, “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself.” Almost synonymous with the word “wisdom” is the name Solomon. [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:17+00:00 October 23rd, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|1 Comment

Words Describe a Re-Ignite Experience

Re-Ignite facilitated a retreat in Bellingham, Wash. last weekend. Participants submitted one word that best described their experience. This wordle captures it all! If you are interested in hosting a transformational retreat for leading-edge Boomers, please click here to contact us.  

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:20+00:00 October 16th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Words Describe a Re-Ignite Experience

Being in the “Sandwich Generation”

Merriam-Webster officially added the words sandwich generation to its dictionary in July 2006. Now Boomers have a sanctioned definition for their new role of caring for aging parents while supporting their own children. In an attempt to excel at both, we simultaneously attend caregiver support groups and grandparenting classes. We approach this new assignment with [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:32:20+00:00 October 9th, 2012|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|1 Comment