Rich Bontrager

The Trigger

Trigger ----- As a leader & motivational speaker, he is very powerful, but also funny and entertaining. I would recommend Rich as a speaker for most any event.

Bob Yanish, Perkins Restaurant, MN


I'm inspired by Rich's heart for those who are broken and hurting.

Mark Smeby, Songwriter/ singer/ author, Nashville, TN


Rich "Trigger" Bontrager

Motivational Speaker, Pastor, Broadcaster, Storyteller, Coach

Rich “Trigger” Bontrager has over 25 years experience as a professional speaker. My career covers Sports Broadcasting, Church Ministry, to Motivational Speaking. Be sides that, I have a passion to speak to and help those struggling with addiction recovery and serving time in prison. I am a visionary leader, risk taker, and was the founding church planting pastor of Journey Church in Rochester,MN. Since 2004 I have served in several other churches a Lead Pastor, and the Church Planting Assessment Center. My heart is for Church planting, and seeing established churches be revitalized and become healthy and effective with their mission.

One of the unique things about my ministry experiences is that I has been blessed to serve and teach “faith and spirituality” in half-way houses and recovery centers. I am a very passionate about helping equip, coach and encourage "Next Generation Leaders."

Besides my many years of ministry, I have over 20 years as a professional sports announcer. My career has ranged from Talk Show Host, High School Sports, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Vikings and College Football. Through it all I have seen many exciting things. When I speak, I do so as a story-teller with vivid word pictures and energy. I am a dreamer at heart and believe that no matter the circumstances we face in life, life is still a great adventure and worth living.

When I speak, I speak freely from my own life struggles and overcoming them; such as stuttering, hearing loss, severe fire accident as a child and most recently liver transplant (2017). A liver transplant that had brought my life to a complete stand still, but now I have fully recovered from and is able to live and now enjoy the “great adventure. Through it all I have learned many life lessons and enjoys sharing what he has learned along the road of life.