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
@gmail.com

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 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.

Sondra Lee,
Communications Specialist

    

Email: trinitylutheransecretary
@gmail.com
    
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...

Everyone is welcome to join us!  Just bring beach chairs or a blanket. Invite others! Worship God with song and scripture at one of the most beautiful places around. We gather just steps south of the Manatee Public Beach at the end of Manatee Avenue.  


Sunday mornings, 10am    

Join us and discover how we gather weekly to start or deepen individual faith formation. What a joy it is to experience folks of all ages enthusiastically sharing and growing in faith together!  We are learning how Advent prepares us to receive the wonderful gift of Jesus' birth.

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

 

 


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