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

Email: trinitylutheransecretary

Phone: 941-747-3081


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 is 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.

Sondra Lee,
Communications Specialist


Email: trinitylutheransecretary
Cell: 941-243-7846

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 everyone taking part in our dynamic ministry of sharing and caring.
As Communications Specialist, I work with church 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.

Jacqueline Hernandez, Student Minister


Jackie is a senior at Manatee High School. We are delighted to have her share her faith, her talents and gifts with all of us at Trinity. 



What's Happening at Trinity...

How 2 = 10: Jesus and the Ten Words
We are exploring Jesus' teachings around God's commandments, the role of these "Ten Words" in our lives, and how they help us live our lives each day.  This brief celebration-style worship includes Holy Communion.

To read the messages on the 10 Words given by Pastor Bobbie or Pastor Doug, find the links on the right-hand column on the Worship tab of this website.

Rolling River Rampage at Trinity will take children ages 3 through 5th grade on the ride of a lifetime with God. And it’s FREE to all!  Pass the word.  ALL children in Manatee and Sarasota counties are welcome.  

There will be Bible stories, arts and crafts, mission project, music, snacks and more as children are engaged in an amazing adventure.

Registration is required.  Forms are available at the church, on this website on the Newsletters & Forms page (must print and complete), or register at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YxZvJ4VwUPJCKsSgrAkrNya90gPLNpXxPMkZ18mPVj0/prefill .   

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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