When God calls, Rev. Dr. Bobby W. Leggett listens. The new minister of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rev. Dr. Leggett was called to Trinity Lutheran from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bulverde.
At 63, Leggett says that he thought his days of moving were over. He hails from Louisiana, but because his father was in the Air Force, he and his family spent a great deal of time moving around.
He and his wife, Deyna, and their two grandchildren, Jesse, 9 and Dana Ann, 12, are excited to make Blanco their new home.
The Rev. Dr. Leggett has been a minister for the last 22 years. What began as a thirst to learn more about the Bible, has ended up being a life long adventure that has been very fulfilling, to say the least.
When Rev. Dr. Leggett was 37, he was working in Austin, Texas, at Southwestern Bell. That was when he got the first call from God, which led him to seminary at Trinity Lutheran in Columbus, Ohio. After four years of study, Rev. Dr. Leggett was ordained.
He spent the first three years of his ministry in a Methodist church. In 1988, he was called to serve the congregation of the Lutheran church in McAllen. He led them for 7 years until he received another call to lead a church, this time bringing him back to Central Texas, in Bulverde.
He was the minister at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bulverde, for the next seven and a half years, and then God did something unexpected. He called Rev. Dr. Leggett once again, and this time, says Leggett, “ I received a call, really clear call to come to Blanco.”
On October 7th, 2007, the Rev. Dr. Leggett heeded that call, and began a new adventure in his already colorful and fruitful life.
He is excited about all of the possibilities that Trinity Evangelical Lutheran has to offer.
Rev. Leggett and Deyna are already getting charged up about the new ministries that are being planned.
Deyna is an integral part of his ministry. “Deyna is blessed with a multitude of spiritual gifts,” says Leggett. Deyna is approved by the Lutheran church to minister, if she so chooses.
Instead, she uses her gifts to help her husband spread the Word in a way that is quite ingenious. The word KISS says it all. That acronym, while infamous for other reasons, sums up Rev. Leggett’s theology. “ Keep it simple, son,” he says. He believes in a simple church, a simple understanding of faith.
He wants to lead his congregation back to the very foundation upon which faith is based. He explains that when you have a clear understanding of the Bible and the history, then Faith is easy.
Which is precisely the reason he and Deyna are starting an eight-week Bible study called Bible 101. And why the next six Sundays will be a series of sermons that answer questions like “Is This Really True?” and “Who Would Die for a Lie?”
Other exciting programs that are in the planning stages are Sunday School classes for kids from Pre-K through college that will start in January. Confirmation classes for students in grades sixth through twelfth are also being discussed.
There is also a new choir director, Chester Baumgartner, who is thrilled about revamping the music ministry, which excites Rev. Leggett, because he believes in the power of uplifting music, and the importance of it in worship. For example, on November 25th, there will be a Polka Worship Service, during which classic hymns will be sung to a Polka beat.
Obviously, great things are happeningin this small-town church. When asked about all of the wonderful things that he is doing for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Rev. Dr. Leggett answers in the most appropriately simple way, “God gets all the glory and honor.”