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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 Godís 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 churchís 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



An Anchor for Life's Storms


Queen Victoria was aboard her yacht in the Irish Sea when a terrible storm tossed the yacht as it were a toy. The Queen told her doctor, Go up at once, Sir James, and give the admiral my compliments, and tell him this must not occur again!


No matter how powerful a queen, there are storms we cannot avoid, tempests we cannot control, and seismic shocks we can only ride out and hope to survive.  Yet, in spite of lifeís turbulence, the Apostle Paul dares to write, We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.  Thatís no guarantee against pain, but it does mean that in spite of lifeís traumas God always works for our good.  God doesnít send trouble, but when trouble happens, God will be there to help and heal.  The Spirit helps us in our weakness, Paul says in Romans 8.  And at the chapterís end he adds, I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


On a flight from Tel Aviv to Rome several years ago we flew over an enormous port in the Mediterranean.  From 35,000 feet I could make out huge ships off shore, waiting their turn to dock.  What I could not see, even if I had been standing at sea level, were the massive anchors that went down deep to grip the sea bottom in order to hold the ships steady against the wind, waves, and tide.  God is our anchor.  Nothing in heaven or on earth can sever the hawser that ties us to God.  Itís not the strength of our faith that keeps us steady, but the unfailing promise of Godís love.



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 Scriptureís 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 eaglesÖrun and not be wearyÖwalk and not faint.2


1Hebrews 12:1-2

2Isaiah 40:31






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