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!
E-mail: Garryglass@aol.com Cell: 941-545-0025
I have enjoyed the past two years of classes at LSTC, but I am ready to be working with people in a congregational setting again! That being said, it is probably no surprise that I am an extrovert and love to be around people. Whether it is at a gathering with friends (or strangers), or working from a coffee shop, people give me energy.I am excited to live in the sunny state of Florida for a year because I am a midwesterner through and through. I am really looking forward to Florida “winters.” I grew up (mostly) in Newton, Iowa, and then stayed in Iowa for college. I have endured so many cold and snowy winters (about 30 to be exact) and am ready for a break from the snow this year.
I graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 2007 with a degree in English. With absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I took a job as a youth director in Des Moines, Iowa. A passion of mine will always be youth and family ministry. It brings me life in a way that nothing else does. I have loved exploring the Bible in new ways while at seminary. I am thrilled to be able to come to Trinity to do ministry with you; to learn with and from you; and to grow alongside you.
I truly believe life happens around the table—whether that is the kitchen table or the table of Holy Communion. One of my life goals is to have a huge outdoor table in my backyard (maybe one inside too), made from reclaimed wood, with two long benches that would always be filled with people eating together and being present with one another! It will happen someday. In the mean time, I look forward to sharing a meal or a cup of coffee and hearing your story. Learning about how you experience and show God's love.
Email: VicarMeganClausen@gmail.com Cell: 941-518-5362
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, Communications Specialist
I’m very pleased to have served as Trinity’s High School Youth Director.
I live in St. Petersburg, having moved here from Louisville, KY, in 2000. When not at work here, I provide marketing services, human resources and bookkeeping support for small- to mid-sized companies. I was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran, a downtown Louisville church, an urban setting where many ministry opportunities are different than at Trinity!
The youth at Trinity are wonderful to be around. They have inspired me with their creativity and energy, and the many ways they demonstrate their care for one another and for those they don’t know but want to help. I plan to continue my support of children, youth and families.
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 communications ministries, please be in touch.
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