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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



The Only Constant...Is Change


Heraclitus (d. 475 BC) is best known for his philosophy of change.  You cannot step twice into the same river, he wroteThat’s because the river is constantly changing, becoming, and evolving.   It’s true also of the church: revered members die, others move away, new members join, so that the church, while maintaining a fundamental identity, is constantly changing, becoming, and evolving. 


You can expect change to accelerate with the arrival of your new pastor.  For that reason, I will offer a four-week class on “change” starting on Sunday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall.  Each class will consist of a brief introduction, followed by small group discussion, and ending with reports from the small groups. 


We all want our new pastor to succeed for many years to come.  But our fear of change may be a barrier.  So how can we deal responsibly with fear?  How can we lay to rest our memories of past disappointments?  And how can we welcome the new pastor who is also facing many changes?  Each session will be an hour in length.  If you have to miss a week, feel free to come the next week.  Each session will be complete in itself. 


Elizabeth Steele, another interim pastor in our Presbytery, shared a couple of aphorisms with me:  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.


I’m convinced that you don’t want to get what you’ve always got!  So join me in Fellowship Hall on October 19.   Instead of fear, let’s embrace the future!



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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