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A Season of Goodbyes

Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

As I look back over the decades that I have been alive, I find myself thanking God for the amazing people that God has brought into my life.  From the pastors and Sunday school teachers who helped introduce me to God, to the mentors and friends who pushed me to go deeper in my relationship with Jesus, to the people who, through the way they lived their lives to show their passion for God with all of who they were and had, left me an example to follow.  It is through these people that God continues to draw me closer to Him.  If you look back, I am sure that you can echo my words of thanksgiving to God for people whom God has gifted you.

 

A few weeks ago we said goodbye to Rev. Rachel Hamburger who, in the five months she was with us, had an incredible impact on all of our lives.  Her love for Christ was infectious, and the genuine love she showed in her ministry to our family at TPC showed us how to love God with all of our heart, mind, strength and soul.  It can be a sad time when one of those people who has had an impact in our lives moves on (even if it is to follow Godís call to a new ministry).  Rather than feeling sadness, however, a better way to celebrate the gift Rachel was to us is to thank God for the way that she drew us closer to God and to seek to follow the example she left for us.

 

In the coming month, we will be saying goodbye to another person that has been a big part of our life together at TPC.  Dr. Joni Prado will be stepping away from her position as Director of Music.  Over the year that I have had the privilege of working with her, I have been grateful for the love for Christ that has shown through as she led us in worship each Sunday.  Whether it was the way she aided us in lifting our voices in praise to God through the hymns or allowing us to join our hearts in worship with the choir as they lovingly used the gifts God has given to them to praise the One to whom we owe our very souls, we left worship knowing that we had connected with God.  I can only imagine the blessing she has been to TPC over the five years of her ministry here.  As we say goodbye, for now, let us do so with gratitude to God for the blessing she has been and offer praise to God for the way that she will be used in Godís service in the future.

 

As we offer that praise, let us also thank God that parting for Christians is only temporary.  One day, we will come together again with every member of the Great Cloud of Witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) that God has used so mightily in our lives.  So as we say goodbye, know that it is only for a short time and that we can release both Rachel and Joni to serve God according to Godís plan. 

 


 

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, 1991Ė2006.

  • Pastor/Head of Staff of St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Ballwin, Missouri, 2006Ė2015.

  • 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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