About

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Greetings – if you are looking for the Tom Stuart who is the husband of Susan, father of five, grandfather of twelve, leader of Ignited2Pray Ministries, former Executive Director of Twin Cities House of Prayer (TCHOP), and the founder of Bridgewood Community Church and Interactive Church Resources  you’ve discovered his website.

Tom’s spirit of adventure was nurtured through a childhood in the wild-west of Montana, a junior high in Grand Forks, ND and high school in Breckenridge, MN.  He  later scaled the heights as a high jumper and Philosophy Major at the University of Minnesota.

In his mid 20’s, Tom’s architectural education and continued pursuit of athletic glory were sovereignly interrupted by God through a dramatic conversion experience and call into the ministry.  His formative years were as a youth pastor leading over the course of time to his becoming the senior pastor of that church and leading it to double in size to over 1500 people.  Out of that church he led a church planting initiative that started four additional churches one of which was Bridgewood Community Church of Blaine which he pastored for nearly 20 years.

He transitioned out of that role at Bridgewood to become the Executive Director the Twin Cities House of Prayer in early 2014 serving in that capacity until its merger with the Justice House of Prayer to become Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016.  With the publishing of his book “Igniting an Impassioned Prayer Life” Tom has been serving the greater body of Christ through teaching and training on prayer.

He has lived in Blaine, MN for over 40 years with his wife Susan, where they raised their five children. In addition to being the busy grandmother of twelve grandchildren, Susan continues to immerse her life in contemplative prayer and maintain a practice as a spiritual director. Together, they share a hearts desire to fan into flame people’s passion for experiencing the joy of God’s presence, in both talking and listening to Him.

Ignited2Pray Ministries has been birthed out of that shared ministry focus, to gather, equip, and mobilize individuals and the Church to pray. Ignited2Pray offers prayer gatherings, teaching/training, spiritual direction, and retreats. If you would like to be on an email list to receive notices of ministry events which we offer please click here.

Although Tom long ago gave up the pursuit of athletic achievement he still enjoys jogging, biking, camping and sailing.  When he is not relaxing at home you might find Tom at Caribou, Barnes & Noble, the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, or simply playing with one of his brilliant grandchildren.

Tom’s pastoral heart and zeal for prayer is expressed through innovative ministry, relevant Biblical messages, proven wisdom in navigating transitions and a burden to equip the church to fulfill Jesus’ command to be a house of prayer for all nations.

His passion is to leverage his years of evaluated experience as a church planter, multi-staff church leader, pastor/teacher and prayer watchman to fulfill a three-fold purpose:  to present each believer mature in Christ, to equip the next generation of church leaders and to establish a praying and prevailing church.

This website is offered as an extension of Tom and Susan’s ministry in order to provide encouragement and resources to fulfill those express purposes.  As a kind of spiritual architect Tom has dedicated his life to utilizing his gifts as a teacher, writer, coach and consultant to build up the body of Christ.

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