Memorial Service Conducted for Burton Swardstrom

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (September 6, 2011) – Covenant News Service has learned of the death of former Evangelical Covenant Church pastor Burton Swardstrom, 76, who died in June.

He was born in Chicago on June 11, 1935, and raised in Pasadena, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Wheaton College, his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and North Park Theological Seminary.

He served First Covenant Church in Spokane, Washington; Martha Lake Covenant Church in Lynnwood, Washington; Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Rolling Hills Estates, California; and Loveland Covenant Church in Loveland, Colorado. He served on the denomination’s Executive Board and also served the Vineyard Fellowship in Palos Verdes, California.

He is survived by his wife, Hollie Swardstrom; three sons, Douglas Swardstrom, Jonathan Swardstrom, and Peter Swardstrom; and a daughter, Elisabeth “Lilly” Swardstrom.

A public memorial service was held July 2 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Redondo Beach, California.


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  • Hollie I know you miss your life partner. The Lord suddenly brought you both to mind as I was awakening today. We appreciated the genuine nature of your family as our leader in Rolling Hills Covenant and we reccomend it as a great church home for any of our friends there still. Please know we love you and your family. Burt was needed in Paradise as was Ron’s twin brother a couple years ago. Isaiah 26:3 We will understand and rejoice when once again we are together in his eternal love. Ron & Julia Wickens

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