Dr. Fred Prinzing
Fred Prinzing was called to
Temple from Gordon-Conwell Seminary where he had served as Dean of
Students. Pastor Prinzing
arrived with his wife Anita and family on September 1975,
from Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Prinzing had been ordained in 1959 and had
received a Doctor of Ministry in 1972 from Andover-Newton Theological
Seminary, In the years since his ordination, he has served churches in New
England, Michigan, and started churches in Arizona and California. Pastor
is known as an effective administrator and speaker. Dr. Prinzing has
brought a family-centered emphasis to the church which has included the
Faith-Promise Missions Program and a Discipleship Ministry. While serving
at Temple, Dr. Prinzing was a part-time teacher at Western Conservative Baptist
Seminary and involved many student as interns at Temple. Since 1980 he has
served as chairman of the Baptist General Conference Home Missions Board.
In addition to his teaching at Western Seminary, Fred Prinzing has assembled an impressive church staff.
Lloyd Rekstad was the first full-time Minister of Music and Children's Ministries
Terry Hollister served as Minister of Christian Education and Youth.
Dave Parker was in charge of seeing that the church building was kept in shape and in various capacities. Dave also worked with Terry Hollister helping with the youth.
Bob Lott served as Assistant Pastor.
Fred Johnson ran the Son-beam Day Care Center.
The Post -Seminary Graduate Program included:
Rev. Mitch Klein and wife Debbie, ministered to the college and career age group.
Rich Murphy lead Bible studies, taught Sunday School classes.
Pastor Prinzing left Temple on July 31,1986 to accept a job at Bethel College as Theological Professor. Since them he has sort of retired and is living in Everett, Washington. Dr. Prinzing in the meantime, has served as Interim pastors at churches including Kenmore, Washington and Warren, Oregon.
One thing I have found unique about Pastor Prinzing when he wrote or preached was the way he outlined his message. He gave everything his best effort and it was evident in the way he used words. To give a specific example: In the 1976 Pastors Report in the Church's Annual report he wrote: "In some ways it seems like I have been the Senior Pastor at Temple for many years. On the other hand, I realize everyday that I am still learning the implications of this responsibility. As I reflect on this past year, I would like to use the word TEMPLE, to express my sentiments." He goes on to take the word Temple and use the letters in the word to set the subject for his report, T=Thanksgiving, E=Evaluation, M=Ministries, P=Prayer, L=Lenten Services, E=Expectancy. I for one always enjoyed listening to his messages. His preaching was always down to earth, and so very interesting it made you listen for the little surprises he threw in. He used examples from his own life and the world around him in his messages. Dr. Prinzing once in a while mentioned the latest bumper sticker he had seen. The following excerpt was taken from the 1984 Annual Report from Temple: Before we can move forward, we must move closer to God. A bumper sticker I saw stated, "If God seems far away, guess who moved."
Dr. Prinzing opened his 1976 report with these words from the book of Acts 2:46,47. (Berkely translation) "...They regularly frequented the Temple with a united purpose, and at home they broke bread together. So they received nourishment, praising God with happy and unruffled hearts, and enjoying the good will of all the people, while daily the Lord added to the group those who were being saved."
The book Dr. Prinzing was writing, "Handling Church Tensions" was completed in 1986.
One of Dr. Prinzing's favorite quotations-"We are not responsible for our adult children but to them!"
Oh how great is thy
goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast
wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Be of good
courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:19, 24