PASTOR’S MESSAGE 2018-03-07T17:05:25-07:00

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 9:30 a.m. and meet others who are on that quest as well. We can’t wait to meet you.

Steve Ranney
Pastor

Pastor’s Blog

Pastor’s Message for September 2019

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for August 2019

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for June 20109

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for May

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for April 2019

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for March 2019

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for February 2019

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message- January 2019

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message – November

"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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for October

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for September

“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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for August

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for July

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for June

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for May

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for April

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for March

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for February

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 [...]

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Pastor’s Message for January

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 [...]

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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.