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The Hand of God

Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

Over my life time, I have seen God’s hand at work guiding and directing people to places where they could be used by God.  God has used those people to provide care for others who had suffered loss of some kind, to start programs that brought out the best in others, to enable people to use their gifts in service to God, and in countless other ways.  I have been the recipient of some of that care.  In moments of crisis in my life, God brought people into my life that helped me heal.  Others God used to help me grow up spiritually.  I have also had the opportunity to be in places where God needed me to touch someone’s life.  The key to all of this was a willingness to be used for God’s purposes.

 

I firmly believe that it was the hand of God that led Dr. Erickson to you in your hour of need.  Together you have done some important work to heal from past hurts and turn toward the future.  I thank God for bringing you together, and I am grateful to Dr. Erickson for his willingness to serve God and you at TPC over the last few years.

 

I also believe that the hand of God has brought us together as well.  That means that God has some important things for us to do together.  I am excited to join you on what my wife Kim calls “Mr. God’s Wild Ride” (you can tell that Kim spent lots of time at Disneyland in her youth).  As we make ourselves available to be used by God, in whatever way that God sees fit, God will honor that commitment and use us to do things that we never thought were possible.  We will learn, as Mary did, that “nothing is impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37)  Please join me in the prayer “Lord, use me in whatever way you see fit” as a way of inviting God to make us partners in the work God has before us.  If we pray that prayer, and mean it, we will have a wonderful and fruitful ministry together.  I can’t wait.

 


 

Meet Steve Ranney

 

As we welcome our new Pastor, Steve Ranney, here is a little information to help us get to know him better:

 

  • Married to Kim Skilling who is a graduate of Princeton Seminary and is celebrating 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

  • Two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.

  • B.A. in Ministry from Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota.

  • Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary.

  • Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary.

  • Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1991.

  • Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church of Centennial, Colorado, 1991–2006.

  • Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Ballwin, Missouri, 2006–2015.

  • Steve seeks to lead both by example and by challenging people to use the gifts that God has given them for the building up of the body of Christ.  Thus, Steve's main focus is helping each person grow up in their relationship with God so that God will be able to bless others through them.

 

 

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