Greetings – if you are looking for the Tom Stuart who is the husband of Susan, father of five, grandfather of fourteen, leader of Ignited2Pray Ministries, the founder of Bridgewood Community Church and Interactive Church Resources you’ve discovered his website.
Spirit of Adventure
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 into a position as the executive director of a house of prayer in the Twin Cities serving in that capacity from 2013 to 2016. At that time he also wrote and published his book “Igniting an Impassioned Prayer Life.” Since 2016 he has been involved in working as a church and ministry consultant and additionally served in that capacity as an interim pastor for 14 months in helping a church through a pastoral transition. He also serves as a sabbatical coach and enjoys mentoring young leaders in the body of Christ. 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.
Tom’s passion as photographer has led to various ministry opportunities. He publishes regular Scriptural devotional posts matched to his nature photographs to Facebook and Instagram followers. He also publishes an annual Promise Calendar featuring his photos and just recently published a new devotional book entitled “Reflections – 90 Devotions with Photos Inspiring Hope.”
Susan maintains a practice as a spiritual director and also serves as a facilitator for Tending the Holy, a two year training program in spiritual direction.
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 equip and mobilize individuals and the Church to spiritual growth and maturity in Christ. Ignited2Pray offers teaching/training, spiritual direction, retreats, and ministry/church consulting. If you would like to contact us or have inquiries about our ministry please click here.
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. If you would like to receive updated blog posts by Email please click the appropriate icon link at the top of the upper right hand column or simply click here.
*Photo courtesy of www.yuhannaphotography.com/