Pastor Bobbie Blackburn
Welcome to TLC! Our community of faith exists to serve and love God and all people. We are a lively 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
Hello! I’m so excited to serve as Trinity’s vicar this year and to do ministry with this community! I’m originally from Altoona, Wisconsin – a tiny town of 7,000 right on the edge of Eau Claire. I attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where I graduated with a degree in Actuarial Science from the College of Business with minors in Math and Spanish. Nebraska is where I learned to love football, and I’ll be cheering for the Cornhuskers every Saturday this fall! Nebraska is also where I began to discern a call to ministry through UNL’s Lutheran Campus Ministry.
After graduation I spent a year as a Ministry Assistant at All Peoples Church, an inner-city church in Milwaukee, through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. This was my introduction to how churches can really be engaged in their communities – something that drew me to attend seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago as they began their Public Church curriculum.
I have greatly appreciated the warm Florida welcome I have received and look forward to learning from all of you! I love spending time with other people, so swing by my office hours (Monday 10am - noon at the church, Thursday 10 am-noon at Latte Luna on Manatee) or schedule a meeting to say hello!
Email: VicarBridgetJones@gmail.com Cell: 941-518-5362
Veronika Czutor, Director of Cross Generational Ministry
During my first weeks here in Bradenton, I had a chance to meet many of you. I was glad to accept the invitation to the Ladies’ dinner and to the luncheon with the quilting group. We met with the cross generational ministry group, learned about each other and had valuable conversations on future visions and expectations.
I worship together with you on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. I am involved in developing and participating in Christian education opportunities, especially GIFT: Generations Growing In Faith Together.
At the Tree of Life Preschool, I have met our teachers and all the amazing children we have. I lead our preschool chapel each week and slowly I am learning kid’s songs in English. I have to tell you, our students at Tree of Life are really patient with me and they help a lot.
I am lucky to have excellent colleagues and the church and the preschool, and I feel I can count on them to create new and exciting practices for more effective cross generational relationships.
Email: TLCveronika@gmail.com Cell: 618-698-3829
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 many years now. I 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 for several years. 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 will continue my support of children, youth and families, working closely with Veronika and all who are part of our dynamic ministry of sharing and caring..
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 seek comfort in what we are doing in this entire Bradenton community.
If you have suggestions or want to be part of our communications ministry, please be in touch.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 941-518-7324