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Who we are

What to Expect

Come as a Visitor, leave as a Friend!

Stepping into a new church can be intimidating. To make that easier, here are several consistent elements and commitments you’ll experience in Sunday worship:

  • All are welcome to St. Timothy and you can expect folks to greet you with a smile as you enter.
  • Our Sunday morning worship is a blended service. It blends together traditional and contemporary worship music and styles. Characterized by exceptional music and strong preaching, we are eager to lift your spirits, deepen your faith, and prepare you for a life of meaning and purpose in God’s world.
  • The worship service length is approximately one hour and one hour 10 minutes when Holy Communion is served (first and third Sunday of the month).
  • We don’t care what you wear, just that you’re here! Folks come from all walks of life and dress in everything from Saturday casual to Sunday best.
  • Following the worship service everyone is invited for specialty coffees and other beverages served in our large courtyard.


Sundays at 9:30 am  Worship

Sunday School – 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM

Sunday School invites children to experience the story of God’s love through relationships and learning.

 In Sunday School, children will learn God’s story and grow in faith together. Sunday School is a traditional class where children engage Scripture through storytelling, crafts, and games. Members and non-members are invited to register at any time during the year. Children must be three-years-old to participate.


2602 Reo Drive,
San Diego, CA 92139


Through the gift of Baptism, God names and claims us as beloved children and washes us in God’s grace and forgiveness.


A Promise

At a child’s baptism, parents and God parents/sponsors make a promise to help their children grow in the Christian faith and life. As a community of faith, St. Timothy also makes a promise to support the newly baptized in their new life in Christ. We carry out this promise through educational programs, like Sunday School, and by partnering with families as they journey in faith with their children.

Please contact Pastor Brodie Taphorn to schedule a child or adult baptism. 619-475-1575 or email

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4


“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38


Brodie Taphorn

Pastor Ralph Brodie Taphorn has been married to Andrea Taphorn for 23 years and they have three children: Abbey (19) and Carolyn (17) and Silas (15).

Pastor Taphorn served as one of several senior pastors at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) for over 16 years where he held numerous positions: Director of Adult Ministries, Purpose Leader of Evangelism, Liturgical Deacon, Pastoral Associate, Associate Pastor and Transition Team Member and Lead, just to name a few.

Prior to UALC, Pastor Taphorn was the Campus Director for Great Commission Ministries at Ohio State University and Youth Director at New Directions Church in Greenfield, Ohio.

Pastor Taphorn has a Master of Business Administration (Leadership) from Ohio Dominican University, a MDiv (Biblical & Theological Foundations) from Bethel Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury College.

He is currently serving as the Chair on the Board of Trustees for LCMC and has served in the US Army Reserves.

Pastor Taphorn is passionate about the gospel and family.  He is relational and has felt a calling by the Holy Spirit to join the St. Timothy family and lead our congregation.

Our Staff

Meet our church

Staff members

Brodie Taphorn

Brodie Taphorn

Patsy Long

Patsy Long

Mary Fjeldseth

Mary Fjeldseth

John Moore II

John Moore II

Media Coordinator

Weston Bennet

Weston Bennet

Worship Leader
James Bishop

James Bishop

Worship Leader, Choir Director
Jim Earp

Jim Earp

Worship Leader
Raina Lopez

Raina Lopez

Worship Leader

Angela Kelley

Angela Kelley

Head Start Director

John Moore I

John Moore I

IMost, Men's Ministry

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    Our Beliefs

    We believe a great commitment to the
    Great Commandment and the
    Great Commission will
    Guide the Mission of our Church


    The Great Commandment: Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said,
    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    The Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus says,
    “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

    We do this through Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Service and Outreach.

    Our Church Motto is: “Changing Lives Through Christ”

    St. Timothy Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the association of churches called Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).


    What We Believe:

    • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.
    • We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His sacrificial death on the cross as payment for our sins, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
    • We believe that “all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”
    • We believe that Jesus Christ alone saves the lost and sinful people and brings them to new life.
    • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who enables the Christian to live this new life.
    • Our church bases all of its proclamation and teaching on the Word of God, the Bible. We say that the Bible is “our highest authority in matters of faith and life.”
    • We believe the Holy Spirit calls us together through the Gospel.
    • We believe that we are called to serve God in the world, proclaiming in word and deed the Good News of the Gospel through acts of mercy, justice and compassionate service.