Submitted by Alyssa Kiefer in Uncategorized on January 08, 2019
Position: High School Teacher
Colleges: Azuza Pacific University & Fuller Theological Seminary
Tell us about your family and how they are looking forward to this new opportunity.
My wife, Christina, and I are both Castro Valley natives. We have been married since 2007. We tell people we have an “arranged marriage” because God literally told Christina she was supposed to marry Paul Triplett (feel free to ask me in person for more details). We have been blessed with four children (Jeremiah, age 10; Levi, age 8; Lianna, age 5; and Jonas, age 2). Our family is looking forward to putting down roots again in the Bay Area after living in Washington state from 2015-2018.
Our family had been praying this past fall, asking God to provide a better paying job with more family friendly hours. He did that and SO much more. This position teaching Bible at RCS fits my gifts and passion for the Scriptures so perfectly. He is a faithful, loving Father indeed!
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I am bringing 8+ years of pastoral church ministry to the RCS classroom. I have been blessed to serve with middle and high school students, college/young adults and families/adults in three different congregations in California and Washington state. I love to help people of all ages meet, and begin to walk in relationship with, the Living Word, Jesus Christ, as they start to seriously study the Bible. I want to help students get excited about studying the written revelation of God to us.
Do you have any other hobbies/interests outside of teaching?
I love to drink coffee and read theological books which help me grow to know God better. I also love to both watch and play sports. Go 49ers, A’s, and Warriors!!! My favorite sport to play is tennis. I feel closest to our Creator when I am outside enjoying the wonders and majesty of His creation (especially camping and hiking in the mountains).
What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
Christina has been telling me for years that she thinks I am well suited to teach Bible in a Christian school setting. I came truly alive spiritually when I began to study Scripture deeply as a college freshman at Azusa Pacific University (APU). I became hungry and thirsty for the Bible in a way I never had before under the tutelage of faithful Bible professors. I can’t wait to help the RCS students get excited about Scripture in a similar way.
How did God call you into teaching (if you have taught before), and/or what are your professional credentials (or prior work experience)?
I have never taught Bible in a formal school setting, but have taught through much of the Bible in church ministry settings. As a pastor, I would typically teach at least once per week. Over my years serving in church settings, I taught verse-by-verse through the books of Ruth, Daniel, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Mark, John, Acts, Romans, Ephesians, Hebrews, James, and 1 John.
I believe that my calling from God has been, and continues to be, to help bring the fresh wine of the Holy Spirit as a prophetic voice. What this means is helping shake off the dust of tired monotonous Christian religion, and playing a role in opening people up to the present work of Holy Spirit in their lives. A huge part of this is opening up the Bible for people to hear God speak to them in a personal way as they seriously begin to study it.
The RCS tagline is “the education you TRUST for the children you LOVE.” How will you accomplish this in your role at RCS, or why do you think a Christian education is important for families to consider?
The parents of the students I will have at RCS can trust that the school has hired someone who will not only teach Bible, but will care for their children with the heart of a pastor. I care not only about students, but about their families as well. I want to walk alongside each student and encourage his or her individual journey toward and with Jesus. Each student will be loved and appreciated as unique masterpieces whom God has made and is in the process of molding and maturing.
We know it’s early, but what do you love the most about RCS so far?
I love the family feel that teachers and administrators have demonstrated to me as the newest member of the faculty. Everyone has been more than kind and welcoming to me. It is an incredible blessing to have the opportunity to join such a warm loving group of colleagues. It is obvious that each of these people deeply love and care for the students at RCS.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I most of all want students to see the heart of Jesus in me. I want them to be confident that Mr. Triplett is someone who is safe and approachable. I care more about the person they are becoming in Jesus than whether they get an A in my classes. I want them to discover that the Bible is not an archaic dead book, but an amazing gift which God has provided to speak to them.