Friday, January 8, 2010
Award Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Dr. Joseph D. Turner, Senior Pastor
Dr. Joseph D. Turner is the Senior Pastor and Teacher of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine, Florida. He is a native of Chicago, Illinois and the youngest of eight children born to Deacon and Mrs. Johnnie M. Turner, Sr. At the age of five, Dr. Turner accepted Christ as his personal Savior. In 1984, at seventeen, Dr. Turner accepted the call to the ministry and was ordained by his pastor, Dr. William R. Lott, Sr., of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. At Mt. Sinai, Dr. Turner was active in the Youth Ministry, Sunday school, Evangelism and Young Men's Pacesetters Bible Class.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Turner enrolled in Bishop College in Dallas, Texas and later transferred to Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology in 1991. Immediately after graduating from Florida Memorial College, Dr. Turner enrolled in the School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia where he received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1994.
While furthering his studies at Virginia Union University, Dr. Turner met and married Eugenia Marie Cheatham of Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Turner is a woman with a warm and gentle spirit who greatly compliments her husband's ministry. Three children have been born to this union: Jaelin Marie, Joseph Dwayne II, and Jordyn Nicole. Dr. Turner is currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Religion and Historical Philosophy at Florida Memorial College. In December 2000 he entered United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and successfully defended his dissertation and graduated in December of 2003. Dr. Turner's community involvement includes mentoring roles in the 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Outstanding Young Men of America and Vision and Hope, Incorporated.
Dr. Turner's outlook on life as a pastor is one that is characterized by honesty, integrity, willingness to allow his life to be an expression of the life-giving presence of God. Through prayer and spirit-filled leadership, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will become a church that is "Liberated for Service."