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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (LCMS), 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, FL 34243 Phone: 941-355-2798

Welcome to our church family! We invite you to come and learn about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He invites us all to receive His free gift of salvation. We invite you to worship with us and join in fellowship as part of our spiritual family. To find out more about who we are and what we believe, click on the link below.

Meet the Staff

Senior Pastor Rusty Leavitt

The Reverend Rossetter (Rusty) Leavitt was born in San Benito, Texas. He received a degree in education from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and later a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Lutheran Seminary. Pastor Leavitt formerly served as Director of Christian Education at Zion Lutheran in Orlando, FL, completed his Vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa in 1980, and was Pastor of St. Marks’s Lutheran in Mineral Wells, TX for seven years. Prior to joining Beautiful Savior in January, 2002, he was Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Vernon, TX for 14 years. Pastor Leavitt and his wife, the former Lynn Karmer (a school teacher) of Quincy, IL have five grown sons, four daughter-in-laws, and six grandchildren.

Associate Pastor Todd Kuehn

Pastor Todd and his wife Jessi have been members of Beautiful Savior for several years serving the Church in teaching Bible classes, Vacation Bible School leader, music, and facilitating church services and special events with audio and visual expertise.  Pastor Todd was ordained January 15, 2012 and serves at Beautiful Savior leading the Sunday morning contemporary worship and several Bible studies (at church, online and off campus in the community).

Office Manager Pamela Bragg

Pam and her husband Barry moved to Sarasota from Hampton Roads, VA, in 2021.  Pam retired in 2022 and wanted to be more involved in her new church home when the opportunity presented to work as the office manager.  With 35 years of executive administrative experience, it was the perfect fit.

Music Director Norm Vagn

Norm was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  He received his Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Kansas.  Norm taught for 10 years in McHenry County, which is an hour west of Chicago.  Norm currently teaches at Riverview High School in Sarasota. He teaches band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and IB Music. Norm plays piano, bass trombone, electric bass and loves to sing.  He has been involved in church music for all of his adult life.

Join Us This Weekend!

7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, FL

We meet every Saturday and Sunday in-person and online. We'd love to get to know you. Join us for our next service!

Contemporary Saturday Service


4:30 PM

Traditional Sunday Worship


8:00 AM

Traditional Sunday Worship


10:30 AM

Contemporary Sunday Worship


10:30 AM New Fellowship Hall