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

Prayer Power
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!

We invite you to share your comments below about how you were impacted and blessed by Burt Swardstrom.

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