Pastor Bobbie Blackburn
congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our mission is to share the Good News of Christ's love with our community and world. We work with a number of community service groups to demonstrate Christ's love on the local front and we are connected with mission work in Israel and South America.
I have been privileged to serve as Trinity's pastor since June of 1997. We entered the internship program in 1998 and have had a constant progression of new interns each year. An intern is in their third year of seminary and they spend one year with us, learning the ministry "ropes." We call our interns by the title of "vicar" and delight in learning from them just as much as they learn about ministry from us.
Come experience worship and community life at TLC, and discover if this is the place for you to grow in faith and serve God!
Vicar David Buco
I am excited to introduce myself as the Vicar at Trinity. I have been a student at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for the past two years and, while I love studying, I am excited to work outside a purely academic context. In other words, I am thrilled to get to do ministry alongside y’all.
Originally I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I was born and raised. I studied Political Science at Louisiana State University. I did a vast amount of hurricane recovery work rebuilding homes which in many ways is where I see God. The year after I graduated, I taught English in India through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. There I lived at a Blind School in Kerala, India. I then did a year working in a campus ministry for the Methodists. Only after that did I discover, yes – I should go to seminary because that’s where I am supposed to be.
I love camping and hiking and fishing. I cannot tell you how excited I am to be close to the Gulf again. I love to bike and I hear Bradenton has neat places to explore. I enjoy reading for fun, something I haven’t been able to do in a while until this summer. I also brew beer and mead and don’t think I am half bad at it. I do love to build and fix things which I hear can get me into trouble as a pastor but it is a joy of mine to create.
I am excited to be in Bradenton. Come visit with me, or call and I will meet you at home or wherever it is convenient for us to get to know one another.
Faye Luckett, Administrative Assistant
Hi, my name is Faye Luckett. I've been Trinity's Administrative Assistant since 2008. I've lived in Bradenton for over ten years now, and came here from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. In my spare time I enjoy reading, sewing, crocheting and being a Spiritual Director (not necessarily in that order). I enjoy working here at Trinity because of the congregation's friendly nature, and it's a joy working in an atmosphere that is God loving and God seeking.
Paul Clark, Organist
Hi, I'm Paul Clark and I've been serving as Trinity's organist and choir director since 1976. I was born in South Carolina and moved to Florida in 1974. While in music school in North Carolina, I was blessed to study piano with a brilliant man, Daniel Ericourt, himself a student of Debussy. My mother found Trinity and attended here until her death in 2005. My sister and her family are here at Trinity also.
I indeed love to play the organ and the piano. Many people tell me they can hear that love of music in my playing. Also, the choir is a great joy for me, especially since I cannot sing. Directing the singers helps me to "sing" the music. I pray the Lord will give me a beautiful voice in heaven!
I love the people at Trinity and many, I feel, are family to me.
Lucy Baber, Assistant Organist
I'm Lucy Baber & have been a member here since 2003. My husband Don & I came down to Florida from Michigan in 2002. I have been assistant organist since 2003. Music has always been a part of my life. I am a retired elementary music teacher, organist & choir director. I still like to sub & do so in the Manatee School District & at area churches. My favorite hobbies are concerts, plays & lots of reading, especially mysteries & historical novels. My husband & I co-chair the Soldier Ministry along with the great help from Jan & Bill Evans. When I first came down I went to several churches & when I attended Trinity I knew I was home. This congregation is made up of people who care about each other & the community around us & do whatever they can to follow Christ's command to love one another.
Sondra Lee, High School Youth Director / Communications Director
I’m very pleased to serve as Trinity’s High School Youth Director, having joined the staff early in 2010.
Clearwater/Feathersound is currently home. I moved here from Louisville, KY, in 2000. When not here at Trinity, I provide marketing services, human resources and bookkeeping support for small- to mid-sized companies. I was baptized, confirmed and held membership at First Lutheran, a downtown Louisville church, where many of the ministry opportunities are different than at Trinity!
The youth at Trinity are wonderful to be around. They inspire me with their creativity and energy, and the ways they demonstrate their care for one another and for those they don’t know but want to help. I look forward to continuing to provide guidance as they mature in their spirituality and tackle day-to-day challenges, as well as to learn much from them. Join with us and be part of our learning and fellowship, and see how we're doing God's work in this community!
As Communications Director, I work with staff and Trinity members to "get the word out" about all our events and activities to those who already call Trinity home, and to all who find joy and comfort in what we are doing in this community.
If you have suggestions or want to be part of either the youth ministry or communcations, please be in touch.
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