A word from Our Pastor
Dr. Terry M. Turner is a native of Guthrie, Oklahoma. He attended Guthrie Public Schools and graduated from Guthrie High School in 1975. He later graduated from Langston University in 1979 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. In his senior year of college, he accepted his call into the ministry. He served the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Guthrie, OK as an assistant-to-the-pastor in 1981 and as pastor from 1982 through 1989. Dr. Turner began his formal training for ministry in 1981 at The King is Coming Bible Institute, Oklahoma City, OK, receiving a Certificate in Christian Work in 1983 and a Diploma in Theology in 1985. In 1989, he continued his training for ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary earning Master Degrees in Biblical Studies (1991) and Christian Education (1995) and received his Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary (2014).
He has been listed as an honored professional in the national register Who's Who Executive and Professionals 2002 edition. He served as an executive Board Member of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention from 2002 -2010. He represented the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention on the Committee of Committees at the Southern Baptists Convention in 2009 and 2011. Dr. Turner was the 2011 President of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Bible Conference. Dr. Turner served as President of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and was the inaugural President of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention African American Fellowship; He also serves as a Trustee of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley (San Francisco), California and is a Trustee of Criswell College (Dallas).
Dr. Turner has led Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in planting several churches. For over 17 years he has been instrumental in leading Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in supporting International Missionaries and ministries in: Zambia Africa, Kenya Africa, and Zimbabwe Africa, assisted in planting a church in Chandigarh, India.
After graduation From Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991, Dr. Turner organized and planted the Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church Mesquite, Texas with five families as a core group; the church has experienced tremendous grown. He has been married for 36 years to the love of his life Nancy; they have four children, one son-in-law, three daughter-in-laws and eleven grandchildren.