A Tribute to Burt Swardstrom

20 Jun

Burt Swardstrom

had a tremendous impact on my life. He served as a spiritual father for me and always treated me as if I was one of his own children. I’m going to miss him a lot.

This morning I received the email message below informing me that my good friend Burt Swardstrom went quietly and peacefully to be with the LORD.

I first met Burt at a Promise Keepers event at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia on July 9 2004. It was Burt who taught me the importance of praying for our media leaders because media has the greatest impact on our culture.

Burt SwardstromIn October 2004, my wife and I went to Hollywood for the very first annual National Media Prayer Breakfast. Burt Swardstrom treated us like royalty.

In April 2006, Burt and I shared a room at the hotel where the International Transformation Network meeting in Brooklyn New York sponsored by Harvest Evangelism. It was there that Burt first met Virginia Morton and got connected to the Marching Through Culpeper prayer team.

Whoever controls the media controls the culture!

Media has a greater influence on our culture than anything else. Burt Swardstrom served as the Director of Communications (Prayer Coordinator) for Mastermedia International for years. For more than 25 years, Mastermedia has been building trust relationships with the most influential media leaders in the world.

Mastermedia’s motto is “Taking the world’s most powerful message to the world’s most powerful messengers!”

Holding degrees from Wheaton (Illinois) college, Fuller Seminary, and an honorary doctorate, Burt Swardstrom had a broad background. He was a Senior Vice President with Primerica, a church pastor and denominational leader for twenty-four years, and founder and President of Men on the Cutting Edge.

Webinar Replay with Burt Swardstrom

Today, I found this replay from a webinar I hosted with Burt Swardstrom exactly two years ago (on June 20, 2011). The webinar was titled “Kingdom People” and was 11th webinar in a 12-week “Experiencing God Through Journaling” (EGTJ) webinar series.

RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose “Save Target As…” to download the 62 minute MP3 recording of this webinar.

Click on the image below to watch the video replay for this webinar

Camtasia video for EGTJ webinar on 2009-06-02

I sense that the legacy of Burt Swardstrom that will be carried on by his family and friends will be “Men on the Cutting Edge” – coaching men in leadership to reach their full potential.


From: The Swardstrom Family
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Subject: Burt Swardstrom
To: Joseph Peck

Posting today on CaringBridge website for my Dad, Burt Swardstrom…

Dear Cherished Friends,

Yesterday, Dad was more alert than he had been in weeks. The entire family was in town (Hollie, Lilly, Peter, Jen, Jon, Rachel and Doug). We spent the entire day by his side in his hospital room – reflecting on and sharing with Dad the memories of his life. We shared laughter and tears – with Dad occasionally lightening the moment with his sense of humor.

We each spent individual time letting him know how much we loved him, and how proud and grateful we were for his life and dedication to the Lord, his family, friends, and others. We spent time reading the Guestbook entries from all of you on this website – which lifted his spirits. We sang songs together in his hospital room and prayed together. We could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. It was a very special day with him – an early Fathers Day gift that we will always remember. One of the most special moments was when Mom and he recommitted themselves to each other.

This morning, Dad went quietly and peacefully to be with the Lord. He is now celebrating Fathers Day with both his Dad, and his Heavenly Father. He was welcomed by those he ministered and led to the Lord during his life. While we will miss him, we look forward to seeing him again some day.

We are now in the process of making arrangements. It is Dad’s request that we have a service that celebrates his life and the Lord he served. We will be updating this site with the details in the next few days. Please feel free to pass along this information to others.

Thank you for your love, support, and prayers!

With Love,

The Swardstroms


Prayer by Burt Swardstrom

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God of might and miracles, the great I AM of history. Help us LORD to be channels, pipelines, and conduits of Your grace and love. Help us to support and encourage one another. May we in anything and everything that we do, push the glory and honor back to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Blessings to live your life with love, passion, and purpose like Burt Swardstrom did!

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2 Responses to “A Tribute to Burt Swardstrom”

  1. Sally Swart June 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    I arrived with my family in America from The Netherlands, in September 1980. I immediately went church seeking and noticed all
    these cars parked on the roadside by the RHCC church, on the north side of Palos Verdes North and thought that there must be a good reason for this. So I attended the church and was swept up with the love and devotion for God and the general enthusiasm and good organization of the whole church.
    But the teaching and preaching of Burt made a great impression on me and he was obviously a great inspiration to all.
    Our nation was grieving over the hostages in Iran and yes, we arrived in our new country with yellow ribbons tied around trees! Burt arranged many programs and choir numbers, to bring comfort to the congregation.
    He was also planning full time, to get permission to build a new church on the south side of PV North. This was long and complicated as it involved the local resevoir…but God and the church prevailed
    and I was part of a faithful band following Burt around the new proposed lot…claiming the ground for the Lord!
    His long involvement with MasterMedia was excellent and I have been
    praying and supporting with him for many years now.
    He was a true Christian and a unique leader He wil be sorely missed. It was an honour to have known him. Sally Swart

  2. Dr. Joseph Peck June 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Thank you Sally for choosing to spend your time to share these touching and personal stories of ways Burt Swardstrom blessed you. He is sorely missed and it was an honor to have known him. His children and friends will carry on his legacy. Blessings, Joseph