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Steve Ranney, Pastor


Marsha Medley, a friend and former co-worker, tells the following story:


I have a funny, smart six-year old piano student who plays well, once he learns a piece.  But, EVERY TIME we open the page to a new piece of music, he says “I don’t know this.”  EVERY TIME!  And EVERY TIME, I say “Why are we here at your lesson?”  He then says “to learn????”  Inwardly, I think, “Could we skip this and get to the learning part?”  Contrast this student with an inspirational man in my first choir 30 years ago.  Dr. Weber (PhD in bacteriology) was a small, quiet, retired, 75-year old.  He had never sung in a choir, but decided to give it a try.  It was a struggle for him and for the choir, but after a while he got the hang of it.  At the same time, he had started taking German at the community college and was doing independent research on bacteria (for which he later received an Einstein award.)  As I got to know him, I thought to myself “I want to be like him when I am 75!”  He was a lifelong learner before it was a trendy phrase.


As I look back over my life, there have been many, many times when God has turned a page inviting me to go with Him on some new adventure or to the next level of growth in my relationship with Him that I have responded like the young piano student.  I have informed God that because what is being asked of me is new and unfamiliar, I don’t think I want to try.  I would rather stick with the comfortable rather than risk stepping out in faith.  But, there have been other times when I have responded like Dr. Weber and found that God, like the patient piano teacher, walked with me through those unfamiliar lands and along the way led me to a place of great discovery and was able to use me to do things I never thought were possible.


As we look forward toward the future of Tustin Presbyterian Church, God is going to ask us to go to some places that we “don’t know.”  God is going to ask us to stretch ourselves in ways that may not at first be comfortable.  The question we need to answer is are we willing to take those steps with Him, or are we going to shut our music book and stick only with the familiar.  I believe that God can do great things through TPC in the years to come if we resist the temptation to play it safe and step out in faith.  But the choice really is up to us.  I am ready to go, how about 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 over 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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