Dr. Robert Baggott served as Senior Minister of two of the largest 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 a 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", his sermons are crafted collegially along with his wife, Casey, which makes for a richness of thought and perspective. Dr. Baggott was one of 12 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 also delivers Commencement Speeches around the country as he did recently for Piedmont College, and the graduates of 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. Rev. 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. In his spare time he cherishes being married to the love of his life, playing golf that is the largest frustration in his life, and doting on grandchildren which are a sacred gift to his life. His faith article written with his wife can be read weekly in 32963.