Our Staff

Pastor Bobbie Blackburn

E-mail: Garryglass@aol.com
Cell: 941-243-9473

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! 

The Reverend Doug Kings, Assisting Pastor

 

Cell: 773-412-3594

I am delighted to be serving God with you here at Trinity.

Here is a short summary of my story. I grew up in South Holland, IL, a south suburb of Chicago, where our family were members of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Yes, this resulted in my being more of Sox than a Cubs fan, but I followed the Bears more than either baseball team. At my first congregation, I wore a very non-liturgical blue and orange stole the Sunday they won the Super Bowl.

After high school, I journeyed north to go to Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. Then it was back to Chicago for seminary where Pastor Bobbie and I were classmates and graduated together. Since my ordination, I have served congregations in and around Chicago, as well in Nebraska and Indiana. I was married and have a son, Jeremy, who now lives outside Seattle and works in computer game development.

About twenty years ago I came out as gay. Initially a traumatic event, it proved an incredibly freeing and renewing experience. It has also resulted in many wonderful friendships and relationships including, of course, my partner of 13 years, Joe. He is a Ph.D. child and adolescent psychologist, now retired after working 20 years in that capacity at a suburban Chicago high school. Our household (now located in Ellenton) also includes our rescue late-stage puppies, Emma and Lana. In addition to taking care of them, we enjoy gardening, eating out, movies, theater, hiking, and travel. I also dabble with art and am a voracious reader, especially of history and theology.

Of the many tasks a pastor performs, I discovered early on how much I enjoy teaching. I’ve led countless Bible and other study groups but also take on the “rabbi” role in almost any ministry setting. Today with the church undergoing dramatic change, I often take on the task of interpreting those changes by showing where we’ve come from, how we got to this place, and where we might be going. For many this is an unsettling time, but I believe it is filled with new possibilities. I look forward to discovering with you where the Spirit is leading us here at Trinity!

Veronika Czutor, Cross Generational Ministry Volunteer

Email: TLCveronika@gmail.com 
Phone: 618-698-3829 

I am lucky to be able to be part of the creation and continuation of new and exciting faith-formation practices for effective cross generational relationships. 

Shaun Spangler, Office Manager

 

Email: trinitylutheransecretary   @gmail.com                      Phone: 941-747-3081 

 

 

Paul Clark, Organist

 

Paul Clark, beloved organist and choir director at Trinity since 1976, entered The Church Triumphant July 27th. He is greatly missed.

Born in South Carolina, Paul moved to Florida in 1974. 

Paul previously wrote here, "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!"  We are certain he is singing beautifully and directing the heavenly choir now!

 

Sondra Lee,
Communications Specialist

    

Email: trinitylutheransecretary
@gmail.com
    
Cell: 941-243-7846

As Communications Specialist, I work with church staff and Trinity members to "get the word out" about all our "happenings" -- to our Trinity family as well as to all who find joy and seek comfort in what we are doing in and for this entire Bradenton community. 
 
Our Mission of "Being Neighbor + Sharing God's Transforming Love," guides us as we develop programming and activities all year long to meet the changing needs of our congregation and the community-at-large. Our doors are open to everyone! All are welcome here. 
 
If you have suggestions or want to be part of our communications ministry, please be in touch.
 

Jacqueline Hernandez, Student Minister

 

Jackie is completing her time as Student Minister. She was graduated from Manatee High School this spring and now leaves us to begin fall classes at Florida Atlantic University. We are delighted for her and are grateful that she shared her faith and her talents and gifts with all of us as Trinity's Student Minister for 9 months. 

       

 

What's Happening at Trinity...

Be part of the Trinity Team celebrating and working with the Habitat ReStore staff and volunteers on Saturday, August 18th, 8:30am-noon.  Join with our Confirmation youth and help out at the new ReStore location: 5018 15th St. E., Bradenton.  Plan to assist as a greeter, bagger, in-take worker or other valuable role.  Please sign up by following this link: http://signup.com/go/sjgXKAU

Save the Date:  The Habitat ReStore will also be our site for God's Work. Our Hands. on Saturday, September 22nd, 8am-noon.  Sign up on the Blue Form at worship to be part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's annual service day.


The Seven Deadly Sins Sermon Series begins the weekend of August 18th!   

If you are unable to be at worship on the weekends, Tuesday worship is designed to fit into your schedule. You will hear scripture and find both challenge and hope in the message for our everyday lives.

Beginning Tuesday, August 21st, come and explore with us those things (the 7 Deadly Sins) that draw us away from a loving relationship with God and one another!

This brief celebration-style worship includes Holy Communion. Invite neighbors and friends to join you.

To read the messages on the "10 Words" series we have just concluded, use the links on the right-hand column on the Worship tab of this website.


Join us and discover how we start or deepen individual faith formation. What a joy it is to experience folks of all ages enthusiastically sharing and growing in faith together! Everyone is welcome to be part of this awesome opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus and with one another. Various activities and events are designed specifically to bring people at all ends of the age spectrum together. Check our calendar for details!

Check out this short clip about GIFT!    https://youtu.be/d0hRoXOe5jU

 

 


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