From the Pastor
Welcome to the TPC Website. We are thrilled that you have come to visit us through this site.
We are a group of people that recognize that God has called all people into a loving relationship with Him and has given each of us gifts to build the Body of Christ. We encourage each individual, be they man, woman or child, to develop and use those gifts to serve Christ. We recognize that as individuals we need a safe place to grow in our faith and ask questions. Thus, we are open to discussion of all sides of the various issues. We do not demand adherence to a rigid set of beliefs, but we do expect honesty and integrity in the search. The goal is to have a living relationship with God through His Son Jesus. That is why we are thrilled to be part of the PC(USA), a denomination that acknowledges Jesus Christ as the Head of our church and that strives to serve him with all that we do.
My personal philosophy grows out of my life long quest for the truth. Over the years, that quest has led me to a desire to know God intimately and to love God as God loves me. I believe that is what God wants from me. It is in coming face to face with God through the risen Christ that we can see the depth of God’s love for us and when we truly see it, it changes us forever. To help us find that love and to grow in that love, God has given us each other in the church. My desire is for TPC to be a place where people of all stages of spiritual maturity will grow in that love and offer it to others.
As you explore this site, please check out my monthly blog below and the recordings of the sermons. These are designed to help you grow in your understanding of who God is and what God wants in the relationship God longs to have with you and me. I also invite you to come on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. and meet others who are on that quest as well. We can’t wait to meet you.
Why Not? (Part 2) Last year, just before everything shut down, I shared with you the story of our first night in Turkey, December 30, 2019. Kim and I took the recommendation of the concierge at the small hotel where [...]
Great News!!! Hopefully you have heard the great news that we will re-open for in-person worship beginning on Sunday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m. In order to do this, the State of California requires a safety plan. In March the [...]
I Don’t Know How to Pray as I Should We have heard great news over the last month. The vaccinations are working, and the infection rate has dropped precipitously. The great news that came that the restrictions will be lifted, [...]
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’ Tony Campolo tells of a sermon he heard by an African-American preacher that went on for almost an hour using a variation on just one sentence, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’.” The pastor would describe [...]
When Will It All End? This is a question that pops into my head on a regular basis. This long year has been stressful in so many ways, but the biggest one for me has been trying to figure out [...]
What Do I Want to Be at TPC? In the January Parish Press, I wrote about what we wanted Tustin Presbyterian Church to be like when we re-gather. Over this last month, in our worship service, I have been explaining [...]
What Do We Want to Be in 2021? When 2020 started for me in Istanbul on my way to Uganda, little did I know that it would end with stay at home orders and an inability to celebrate Christmas in [...]
What to Do About Christmas??? A few years back I ran across this sermon by Rev. Paul Larsen, an ELCA minister. It was written for a Blue Christmas Service at his church to help people who had suffered a loss [...]
Thanksgiving ???? What a year this has been. When we started, things were looking good for us. We were trying out new ways to reach out to our community. Our Spanish service had launched, and we were preparing to invite [...]
Now More Than Ever Over these last few months, as the world limped by, I have found myself struggling with despair. I watched as a microscopic virus ground the world to a halt. People lost their jobs, business collapsed, people [...]
WHAT’S UP WITH STEVE’S HAIR? You may have noticed, as you watch the weekly services, that my hair is getting rather long. In fact, it is longer than it has ever been in my life, and it is now longer [...]
How Long, O Lord? How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day [...]
George Floyd Many of you know that I had the privilege of growing up in the inner-city of Chicago. I have invited many of you to try and find me in my third grade class picture that I have hanging [...]
The Brave New World? Five years ago I shared with you my experience driving a tractor-trailer during my seminary years. Over the six months and 25,000 miles I drove, I was sent to dozens and dozens of cities and [...]
UNPRECEDENTED TIMES? I have heard that phrase so much over these last few weeks that I have begun to think that it is a new newspaper “The Unprecedented Times.” I know that nothing like this has happened in my lifetime [...]
?????????????? Do you ever get the feeling that we have been dropped into the middle of the filming of a movie? You know, one of those movies where the future of the planet is constantly hanging in the balance. The [...]
The Exit Row Last year I shared the following with you. It was by my friend Rev. Jonas Hayes. It says something very profound about our calling as followers of Jesus. “Are you willing and able to sit in the [...]
Why Not? On our first night in Turkey, December 30, 2019, Kim and I took the recommendation of the concierge at the small hotel where we were staying and went to a late dinner at the Garden Mezze restaurant. We [...]
A Season of Goodbye 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 [...]
You are invited to Pastor Steve and Kim's open house! Sunday December 22 at 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 2115 N Baker Street, Santa Ana Come and celebrate the season with us!
In God We Trust If you look at any denomination of United States currency, you will find the phrase “In God We Trust.” It first appeared on a two cent coin in 1864 and was placed on all coins by [...]
“I Don’t Know This!” Part 2 A couple of years ago, I shared with you this story by Marsha Medley, a friend and former co-worker: I have a funny, smart, six-year old piano student who plays well, once he learns [...]
Youth on the Move Part 2 Last month we heard from one of our young people, Sheryl Ocampo, who went on awe-inspiring trip to Ecuador. As she shared her experiences with us, I was moved by the spiritual growth that [...]
Youth on the Move Steve Ranney, Pastor If you were with us in worship in the middle of June, you participated in commissioning some of our youth as they prepared to leave on a couple of trips that were designed [...]
A Small Choice That Saved the World At my daughter’s college graduation, the speaker talked about how each of them was setting out to make a big impact on the world. She described how they spend their days looking for [...]
I recently ran across this vision statement for a company. By reading it, can you tell what business they were in? OUR VISION We at ________ are Proud to be the “WORLD CLASS CRAZY ONES” On our watch we want [...]
The Exit Row The following, recently posted by my friend, the Rev. Jonas Hayes, says something very profound about our calling as followers of Jesus. “Are you willing and able to sit in the exit row?” God, this is the [...]
Why Should You Attend our Ash Wednesday Service? Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season in the church year known as Lent. Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Easter and to renew our life in [...]
Meet Emily Fuentes If you would remember, when the three-year plan was unveiled, one of the goals was to establish and fill a full-time position that would focus on building up our youth program and helping us design and implement [...]
Take a Look Around Throughout the first half of my life, The Eastman Kodak Company was one of the strongest businesses in the world. They had a unique product, and they owned a huge share of the market for photographic [...]
"You Can’t Un-see Him” In September, Kim and I had the chance to travel to Barcelona, Spain for my son Tim’s wedding to Maggie Phillips. While in Barcelona, we visited a cathedral named La Sagrada Familia. It was designed by [...]
World Communion October 7 World Communion Sunday is one of those incredible days in the Church's year — a day of solidarity. It is a day when we can push to the background those things that divide and separate us [...]
“I was a stranger and You Welcomed Me” Jesus Over the last several months the Session, during our visioning time, has been discussing the topic of resilience. One of the keys to resilience is knowing who you are and what [...]
Encountering God “People have the idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and that they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don’t know is that they are on the stage; he [the preacher] is [...]
Let’s Build This House On June 16, I attended the dedication ceremony for five new Habitat for Humanity houses in Santa Ana that were a project of The Presbytery of Los Ranchos. I was asked to meet with two of [...]
Finding Your Way in a New City — Part 2 Three years ago, I shared with you my experience driving a tractor-trailer during my seminary years. Over the six months and 25,000 miles I drove, I was sent to dozens [...]
What’s New By now, most of you have heard that our beloved youth director, Ashley Riopka, will be leaving us to pursue her teaching career. She is gifted both in music and in working with and motivating youth. She [...]
Easter Like You Mean It II Last year I told you about a television commercial that showed kids involved in an intense Easter egg hunt. They were jumping over hedges, diving into pools and checking each other out of the [...]
Come Grow with Me Thirty-six and a half years ago when my son John was born, I remember holding him and wishing, like all new fathers, that I could give him the world and protect him from any harm that [...]
Resolution In December I came across a podcast of a radio show in which people who had kept their New Year’s resolutions for the whole year were asked to call in and describe what the experience had been like. There [...]
What Counts? Not Everything that Counts can be Counted and Not Everything that can be Counted, Counts. Albert Einstein This is an incredibly profound statement for a genius whose greatest contributions to our world involved trying to quantify and explain [...]
Meet the Pastor
Here is some information about the Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Steve Ranney, to help you get to know him better:
- Married to Kim Skilling who is a graduate of Princeton Seminary, is celebrating over 30 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and is now the Designated Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim
- 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.