By Lizbeth Johnson, Gift Planner
Brenda and Floyd Tonn do not think of themselves as special. They are just committed congregation members of St. John faith community in New Ulm, Texas. Raised in the area, they have been members of the church all their lives. Rural living comes naturally.
Floyd’s family had a service station in the area that sold tires. Brenda’s car had a need for new tires as a young girl. When she stopped in for advice and tires at Floyd’s family business, there was an instant connection that in time became a life-long commitment to each other and to their community.
For about 20 years, Brenda served the community as a member of the Emergency Medical Services as a volunteer. In the same spirit of outreach, Floyd served as Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department, also serving for 20 years. The community relied on Tonnʼs Repair Shop for service almost 44 years.
During that time, the Tonns expanded their family. Brenda and Floyd had two daughters they raised to know and love the Lord. Their legacy includes their grandchildren’s value of their Lutheran legacy. One of the granddaughters is currently attending Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. Proud of her grandparents, she visits when she can and shares their values of faith, hard work, and commitment to share Godʼs gifts.
Among other talents, Brenda plays the organ and graduated from the Leadership Program for Musicians, receiving a certificate in Church Music from the National Cooperative Project of the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran Churches this past May. She is active in the Women of ELCA and involved with Lutheran World Relief Quilting Projects. She serves on the church council and many worthy church initiatives. Floyd helps whenever needed around St. John’s picturesque facilities. He helps with council duties when others cannot attend. Both serve on the Board of the New Ulm Cemetery Association.
The Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod is proud to have couples such as Brenda and Floyd Tonn, who share their lives and testimony of God’s goodness. They share His love with others day-by-day with lives well lived for the Lord.