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Coming to a Church Near You

Steve Ranney, Pastor

 

One of the things that is always in the back of my mind as a pastor is what the future looks like for both the Church of Jesus Christ and for Tustin Presbyterian Church.  With all of the transition happening in our culture and our community, it can be a daunting task to try to pin down what we need to become in the next fifty years so that we can fulfill the mission that we have been called to by our Lord.  This is where our faith comes in.  It is important to remember that we serve a risen Lord and that He has promised to give us what we need. In James 1:5 we read “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.”  (NRSV).

 

As some of you may have heard, the Session is putting together a three-year plan for Tustin Presbyterian Church.  Taking the good work of the New Beginnings Study and a prayerful look at what we imagine would further the cause of Christ in Tustin and beyond, we are developing a course of action that we think will make us a beacon of light for Christ in the years to come.  As our culture is constantly changing, this plan will need to be agile so that we can adapt to the changes that are constantly washing over us, but it will give us a direction to follow as we seek to use the gifts God has blessed us with to serve His purposes.

 

On September 25, we will have a Town Hall meeting to share that plan with all of you and invite you to join the vision.  We serve a great God who, through us, wants to do great things.  Please be in prayer for the Session as they seek to discern God’s call on us, and let each of us be in prayer for ourselves, asking God to use us to bring about God’s plan.  God will give us the wisdom we need as we ask, and God will do great things through us as we yield ourselves to Him.  Join me, won’t you?

 


 

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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