UPDATE: As of June 25th, 2015, Colin LaVergne has passed away from cancer. He is mourned by many people whose lives he touched. His wife, with some help from his grown kids, is working to continue his business, for now.
Who is Colin?
I am the owner of Resurrection Communications. I started this business in 1982 doing mail
order of religious books from my basement. That same year I also began to provide audio
recording services to conferences. I later added video recording.
In 1984, I opened a full service Christian bookstore and kept it open until 1999 when I closed the bookstore to focus on the conference recording part of the business. The conference recording had always been the profitable division of the business. My first wife and I believed in the ministry of books so we kept the bookstore open all those years as a way of serving our customers, especially because we were the only bookstore that made a conscious effort to serve inner city Christians. Most of our customers were black Christians as we carried the largest selection of black gospel music in Minnesota.
In 2006, I closed my office and store and moved the business into my home.
In the last few years, I have begun to record talks on topics where I feel I have something useful and maybe unique to contribute. For a list of these talks, click on the COLIN'S TALKS link above.
OTHER AREAS OF SERVICE
I have been involved in the Charismatic Renewal since January, 1968 when I was baptized in the Spirit at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, under the ministry of Rev. Dennis Bennett. I became involved in several evangelistic outreaches associated with St. Luke’s, including street witnessing, coffeehouse ministry and even one evangelism trip to Mexico.
In 1972, I became a Catholic and helped found Resurrection Community, a covenant community in Seattle. I began to serve on regional and national leadership groups in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
In 1977, I moved to Minneapolis to join a similar, but larger community, to which I still belong, now called People of Praise. I have also served the Catholic Charismatic Renewal by being the past director of the local office. I served on the board for the office, and was also the Archbishop’s liaison to the Renewal for 15 years. I served for many years on the Finance Committee for the national office. I also speak at prayer meetings.
In addition to my work in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, I served for many years on the steering commitee for the local affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, a group that works with victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and religious. I also served on the board of Curatio, an apostolate to Catholic healthcare professionals. For 10 years I helped serve a monthly meal at Sharing & Caring Hands.
I currently serve on the Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Affairs in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. In the past, I served on the board of a non-profit organization that taught parenting skills to inner-city, mostly Native American, residents.
I have a passion for building bridges of communication and understanding between conservative and liberal Catholics and between Catholics and Protestants.
I am 64 years old. I was married in 1976 to Barbara. We had a terrific marriage, full of joy and affection.
She died of breast cancer in 1994. I have seven living children from 26 to 37. In July, 2010, I
married Tina Matthews. I now have another terrific marriage, full of joy and affection (and six more kids!). I am very thankful to the Lord to have been twice-blessed in this way.