Pastor Terpening was saved on February 22, 1980 at 24 years old, called to preach in July, 1980 and called to prepare for the pastorate in July, 1990. Having served in every aspect of ministry available at Parkview Baptist Church in Northlake, Illinois from 1980 until 1989, Pastor Terpening pursued further opportunities at First Baptist Church in Genoa, Illinois. In July 1991 continuing to seek God’s will Bro. Terpening moved to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Athens, Alabama, sharpening soul-winning skills and helping the ministry to grow until March 1995. After, moving to Longview, Texas, Bro. Terpening entered Texas Baptist College, a ministry of the Longview Baptist Temple. While working at night and driving buses on weekends Pastor Terpening completed a four year degree in pastoral studies with a Bible major in three years.
After preaching at Trinity Baptist Church, Bro. Terpening received a unanimous call to become the Pastor of Trinity, which he accepted in July of 2000.