WHO WE ARE

Templeton Presbyterian Church


OUR WORSHIP


Our WORSHIP is inclusive, which means we embrace a blend of worship preferences, drawing upon the best of what is new and old, innovative and traditional, current and historical, free and structured.  We enjoy praise through music and song from our worship band, piano, and choirs (vocal and handbell); preaching that is grounded in the authority of God's Word; and prayer before, during, and after the service.  Children and adults together share in the worship during the opening elements, after which our young ones are dismissed through prayer to their TPC Kids time.

OUR COMMUNITY

We are here for you

Our COMMUNITY is "inter-generational", which means we span in ages under 1 to over 90, all who engage together in worship, study, and mission.  We have a robust children's and youth ministry, adult discipleship groups, and senior fellowship activities, all seeking to embody what it means to live in genuine love and hospitality for one another, regardless of where we may be in our journey toward wholeness.

OUR MISSION

Our MISSION is "small town/big world", which means we are committed to involvement in local missions such as feeding the hungry and housing the homeless (e.g., ECHO), reaching out to students (e.g., Youth for chirst, Front Porch Cal Poly), as well as global missions such as safe water in third world countries, orphanages and schools in Uganda, China, and Thailand (e.g., ZOZU), justice for abused women in India (CSJ), and supporting churches in areas of persecution in the Middle East (Turkey, Iran).

 

OUR THEOLOGY

 

 

              Our THEOLOGY is "Christ-centered", and you can see what that means in "WHAT WE BELIEVE".

 

OUR VALUES


Introduce people to Jesus

We strive to help people move closer to an understanding and experience of Jesus. 
We want the way we live our lives to spark an interest in other people to know Jesus.


Include people in his church

We want visitors to feel welcome when they attend services and activities.  We want everyone to feel the love, warmth, peace, and unity of the fellowship of our congregation.


Imitate his life

We seek to become more mature disciples of Jesus Christ and ultimately the kind of people he has designed us to be.

Ignite service in his name

We are here to serve Christ in this church and in the world, using our collection of gifts and skills to benefit others.


Inspire glory for God

We share in experiencing God's power and love through the joy and power of worship when we gather together.


OUR AWESOME TEAM

Get to know the TPC staff

 

 

Pastor Charlie Little

I have been the pastor here at TPC since 1998.  A graduate of Fuller Seminary 1983, I arrived after stints as a youth pastor in Santa Maria and a solo pastor in southeastern Colorado, prepared to make this my last stop, hoping to invest long-term pastoring a congregation.  Now 20 years later, hope has become a reality.  What a gift to have known and loved so many faithful followers of Jesus.


A few of the things I love most about ministry are getting to love people into a fuller expression of their gifts by coming alongside and helping them succeed, the privilege of preaching God's Word in the vulnerability and imperfection of my own humanity, and witnessing the growth and transformation in people, and especially so when grace and power of God are paired with the love and generosity of the people of God.


Some of my faves are Mexican food, Golden Retrievers, sitting in front of a glowing fire in the fireplace, the Dodgers, Blue Bloods, playing basketball (though now only in my imagination), hot chocolate from scratch with a mound of whipped cream, and reading a good book in bed before falling asleep.  Guilty pleasures include butter, donuts, and taking naps in the middle of the day.  Married to Laura for 37 years, we have two children both living in San Diego.


pastor@fpctempleton.org

Dave Johnson

As the Student Ministries Director, Dave has the privilege of leading our ministry of both the Middle School and High School students.  Dave first studied at Bridgewater State University (Massachusetts) in the field of Physical Education before the Lord called him into full-time ministry.  Dave is currently finishing his degree in Christian Management and Leadership at Liberty University.  He has been in ministry for 10 years, working full-time for camps like Hume Lake, Forest Home, and Sugar Pine Christian Camp.  Dave, his wife Cady, and their daughter Harper, live in downtown Templeton.

 

students@fpctempleton.org

Brendy Alsup

Brendy is our Director of Children's Ministry.  She's married to AJ and they have 7 great kids!  She's a graduate of Cal Poly, SLO with a degree in Human Development & Psychology.   Brendy loves working with kids!  Whether speaking at VBS, leading small groups, or sharing one-on-one, Brendy encourages kids to serve God with their whole hearts for their whole lives.
When she's not on campus, Brendy likes to play, thrift, watch movies, read, drink coffee, dream, and go to the mountains or desert for a little peace and a little adventure.


children@fpctempleton.org

Kellie Wenzel

Kellie loves music and worship! Music brings joy to people’s life and worship brings purpose.

At age 11, when God drew Kellie to Himself and she surrendered her life over to Him, she took the gift that God gave her, of voice, and started singing for Him and trying to motivating His people into His presence through worship ever since.

She has been leading worship for over 30 years starting in High school and now where she is currently the worship leader for the past 6 years at Templeton Presbyterian Church in Templeton, CA.

She has traveled extensively all over the world singing at different, large to small, events doing conferences to empower women.

She has a CD out of songs she has written, but in all reality, Kellie doesn't sing to perform, she sings to motivate people, to draw people's hearts closer to God. To know, that through music, through the words of the songs, it can create a deeper understand, and surrendering to the ALL Powerful God, who wants to have an intimate fellowship/relationship with each and everyone of us. Music is a powerful tool to grab our hearts attention, and so her focus has always been worship.

Vern Sanders

 

Vernon Sanders has been a rock musician, a college professor, an expatriate, a jazz pianist, a non-profit arts foundation administrator, an author, and a music publisher. He served for many years as Associate Professor/Director of Choral Activities at the University of Regina, Canada. Dr. Sanders has been involved in Church Music and Worship Ministry since 1957, most currently as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Templeton, California. He was the founding president of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, the founding Executive Director of the Schuyler Institute for the Arts in Worship, and the founding Charter Member of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. Dr. Sanders served for nearly ten years as the Executive Director of the National Association of Church Musicians. He was for 20 years the managing partner of Thomas House Publications, a music publishing company. He has served as Publisher of Creator Magazine since 1997. His 3 published books and numerous choral works appear in a number of catalogs, and choirs under his direction have appeared on regional and national radio and television in the US and Canada. He is a frequent clinician throughout North America. Vern's most recent project was the release of a solo piano CD entitled I Can't Stop Playing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Julie Bower


Julie is our Administrative Assistant
and unofficial information kiosk.  She
joined our staff after several years of
classroom teaching and is loving her
behind-the-scenes role here at TPC.



admin@fpctempleton.org





Kim Springer

 

Kim is our wonderful church bookkeeper.
She is a very busy mom of two daughters
and wife of one hubby, and says she
is "so blessed to be here!"