Dr. Turner came highly recommended and highly qualified to lead us through a discovery and recovery process. God has uniquely called and equipped Dr. Turner to serve churches like First Baptist Camden. We are honored to present him as our Transitional Pastor for such a time as this.
Family: Patricia Rice Turner (Patti), wife; Joel & Kellie Turner, Jack, Max & Ariana Turner, son, daughter in law, and grandchildren; Jonathan Turner, son.
Education: BA degree, Louisiana State University, 1973; Master of Divinity Degree, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983; Doctor of Ministry Degree, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1986. American Management Association President’s Course. U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar. Other specialized courses related to administration and ministry.
Ministry Assignments: Campus Director, Campus Crusade for Christ, 1973-1979; Associate Pastor, Hillvue Heights Baptist Church, Bowling Green, KY 1979-1981; Pastor, FBC, Harrisonburg, LA 1983-1986; Pastor, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Crossett, AR 1986-1991; Pastor, FBC Lake Charles, LA 1991-1996; Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist State Convention 1996-2013. Currently, interim pastorate, Bible Conferences, revivals and supply preaching.
Hobbies and interests: Fly Fishing, Hiking,
Medieval History, reading.
Special Recognitions: Distinguished Alumni,
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2006; Outstanding Denominational Leadership Award,
Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004; Resolution of Appreciation, Southern Baptist Executive Committee, 2013.
Mission Experience: Louisiana/Korea Partnership Preacher, 1988; Trustee with IMB 1992-1996; Interlaken Training Weeks with European Baptist Convention, 1996-2000; Partnership with Brazilian Convention in Sao Paulo, 2005-2008; worked with IMB in Paris, 2005; organized Arkansans to serve the Southeast Asia Annual General Meeting of the IMB missionaries in southeast Asia, 2008-2013, (served
as guest preacher during these meetings)
Interims: Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR; FBC DeWitt, AR; FBC, Manila, AR; East Side Baptist Church, Paragould, AR; FBC Bastrop, LA; First Southern Baptist, Bryant, AR; Lonoke Baptist Church, Lonoke, AR; Natural Steps Baptist Church, Roland, AR.