Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott and Rev. Dr. Ro..
Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott joined the staff of the Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004 and serves as Executive Minister. She helps in the leadership and planning of worship, authoring the liturgy used in the services of Community Church. She teaches a variety of classes, leads prayer ministries, and serves as liaison with other staff members and boards.
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.
Dr. Baggott was chosen to teach the Week Long Bible Study on Genesis by the Temple Church, in Orchard Park, Maine in 2006 at the 125th celebration. In the summer of 2007 she was invited to teach the Gospel of Matthew at Ocean Park, New Jersey's week long celebration of faith.
She has also preached at Roaring Gap, North Carolina during their summer worship schedule. Her publications include two full years of liturgical prayers for the Clergy Journal in 1997-1998 and 2001-2002, a sermon series for the Clergy Journal in 2003, and a sermon entitled "With Me" which was chosen for publication along with twenty other sermons in the fourth edition of the Library of Distinctive Sermons. She has also preached on the Day 1 Radio program on several occasions and has contributed faith articles to the local newspaper, “32963,” for seven years.
Before coming 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 the first woman clergy to be elected to the "Women’s Economic Roundtable of Minnesota.” Here in Vero Beach, she has 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 romping with grandchildren, 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 coming to The Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004. 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. Piedmont College is one of two historical colleges of the National Association of Congregational Churches. Dr. Baggott has done further study in the Religious Studies program of Christ College, in Oxford, 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 in 1990; 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, New Jersey. 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 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, served as Chair of the Protestant Appeal, and was named Board Member of the Year for the Community Renewal Society. Currently, Dr. Baggott serves on the board of the Nazareth-Galilee Educational Institute, in Nazareth, Israel, the National Day 1 advisory board in Atlanta, Georgia (former Protestant Hour) and is a member of the United States Seniors Golf Association.