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You have logged on to our web site at a promising moment.  After two years without a called pastor, the congregation is standing on tiptoe to see who their new leader will be.  The Pastor Nominating Committee has been at work since February, 2014, prayerfully scanning hundreds of resumes, seeking God’s choice for a new pastor/head of staff.   Soon they will narrow their search to one person.  That person will preach on a given Sunday, after which the congregation will meet to call him/her to be the church’s pastor.  Then a new day will dawn for Tustin Presbyterian, a day of promise, change, blessing and growth. 


Meanwhile, our people worship joyfully, give faithfully, and serve energetically.  I count it a high privilege to be engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ with such a committed congregation. 


What about you?  Are you looking for a spiritual home?   I can speak from personal experience: people at TPC will welcome you wholeheartedly.    Give them a chance to prove it by attending worship next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.


Tom Erickson

Interim Pastor



A Compass, Not a Map


I am fascinated by maps.  They speak to me of mystery, adventure, and discovery, so much so that I enjoy charting the route for an upcoming trip almost as much as the trip itself.


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a map when charting the course of our life?  I’ve often wished that I had an atlas with my name on it, so I would never make a mistake when coming to one of life’s major intersections.  Which college to attend?  Which major to study?  Which career path to follow?  Which person to marry?  And, in my case, which church to serve?  But that’s not how it is, is it?  God doesn’t provide ready-made directions for every contingency. 


But if God doesn’t give us a map with every road to follow, hill to climb, and detour to avoid, God does give us a compass.  The compass is Jesus Christ, whose holy life and powerful teachings point to true north, so that when we are in doubt about our direction, or find ourselves on a dead-end street, we can turn to his words and example in Holy Scripture for a compass bearing.  Jesus promised, I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.


If you are worried about the future, wondering which fork to take, get a bearing from Jesus Christ.  Study his teachings, ponder his actions, pray for his guidance.  He has promised to shed light on your path, and you can take him at his word. 



Tom Erickson

Interim Pastor



Meet Tom Erickson


A bit about Tom:

  • Born and reared in Santa Barbara.

  • Happily married for 58 years to Carol McClane (another native Californian).

  • Three daughters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

  • Educated at Azusa Pacific University, Fuller, Princeton, and San Francisco Seminaries.

  • Ordained in the United Church of Christ; became a Presbyterian in 1969.

  • Retired officially in 2002 after nearly sixteen years as pastor of Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley, AZ.

  • Since 2002, served as an interim pastor in Washington, D.C., Springfield, MO, Mission Viejo, and Yorba Linda.

  • Living at Monte Vista Grove, a community of retired Presbyterian missionaries, pastors and educators in Pasadena.

For now, I claim Scripture’s promise in behalf of your future: Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.1 With such a Savior at our side we may mount up with wings like eagles…run and not be wearywalk and not faint.2


1Hebrews 12:1-2

2Isaiah 40:31






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