Originally broadcast at 9:15 a.m. EDT Friday, August 14, 2020.
Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott served on the pastoral staff of Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, Minnesota before joining the staff of the Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004 where she served as Executive Minister fulfilling roles of preaching, teaching, and administrating. After sixteen years of service to Community Church she retired in March of 2020. Currently Dr. Baggott is sharing the role of Interim Minister at First Congregational U.C.C., Glencoe, Minnesota with her husband Bob, while enjoying a year away from full-time parish work. Just recently Dr. Baggott and her husband Bob were appointed Co-Pastors of The Chapel at Lost Tree Village, a non-denominational house of worship in North Palm Beach, Florida. This appointment will begin in November of 2021.
Dr. Baggott has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, a Master of Divinity degree from United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and has received her Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, in South Bend, Indiana. She has completed additional training in clinical pastoral education, bioethics, and spiritual guidance; and she has studied in the Summer Theological Institute at Oxford University, England.
The Drs. Baggott were chosen to teach a week-long Bible Study by the Temple Church, in Ocean Park, Maine in 2006 during the Temple’s 125th summer celebration. In the summer of 2007, they were invited to teach a week-long Bible Study on Genesis at Ocean Grove Park, New Jersey's celebration of faith.
Dr. Baggott has preached at the chapels of Roaring Gap, North Carolina and Watch Hill, Rhode Island during their summer worship schedules. Her publications include two full years of liturgical prayers for the Clergy Journal, a sermon series for the Clergy Journal, and a sermon entitled "With Me" which was chosen for publication by the Library of Distinctive Sermons. She has also preached on the Day 1 Radio program on several occasions and has contributed faith articles to a local newspaper, “32963,” for seven years.
Before going to Vero Beach, Dr. Baggott worked in the areas of behavioral research, as a chaplain, and as a consultant in bioethics and spiritual ministries, as well as serving as a parish pastor. She was also a member of the "Women’s Economic Roundtable of Minnesota.” In Vero Beach, she enjoyed continuing her community service via membership on the board of directors of the Homeless Family Center of Vero Beach and Harvest Food and Outreach Center.
Dr. Baggott and her husband have grown children and now are thrilled to dote upon their six grandchildren. Whenever possible, Dr. Baggott enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and savoring poetry.
Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott served as Senior Minister of two large congregations in the United Church of Christ before joining The Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004. Retiring after sixteen years of pastoral service at Community Church, he is currently sharing the role of Interim Minister with his wife Casey at First Congregational U.C.C. in Glencoe, Minnesota while enjoying a year away from full-time parish work. Recently, along with his wife Casey, he was appointed Co-Pastor of The Chapel at Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach, Florida, a non-denominational house of worship. This appointment will begin in November 2021.
Dr. Baggott graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was an Honor Initiate with Sigma Nu Fraternity, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where his emphasis was preaching, receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1984. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.
Dr. Baggott has done additional study at the Summer Theological Institute at Oxford University, England.
A noted preacher that the Minneapolis Star Tribune called “engaging and thought-provoking,"
Dr. Baggott was one of twelve clergy chosen to be included in the inaugural Robert Schuler Institute of Preaching; was invited to preach at the National Cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel at the anniversary service of the crash of Pan Am 103; and preached at the Ocean Park Temple Church's 125th anniversary Celebration in Ocean Park, Maine.
Dr. Baggott is a much sought-after summer chapel preacher, giving sermons in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; Roaring Gap, North Carolina; and Ocean Park, Maine. He has also delivered commencement speeches around the country as he did recently for Piedmont College and the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Baggott has been honored for his religious service by giving the Opening Invocation for the Congress of the United States and by serving there as Chaplain for the day.
Dr. Baggott's honors include being named by Miami Magazine as one of 86 people to watch, Religious Leader of the Year in Naperville, Ill, and International Citizen of the Year by the University of Indianapolis for his work in Israel with Palestinian Christians.
He has been President of the Coconut Grove Rotary Club in Miami, Chair of the Protestant Appeal of Miami, Board Member of the Year for the Community Renewal Society, and Board Member of the Nazareth-Galilee Educational Institute, in Nazareth, Israel. He currently serves on the national Day 1 Advisory Board in Atlanta, Georgia (former the Protestant Hour) and is a member of the United States Seniors Golf Association.
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