MEET OUR PASTOR
Rev. Rabon L. Turner is a native of Flint, Michigan. He received his early education in the same city and graduated from Flint Central High School in May of 1991. He went on to further his education at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work in 1995. While attending Wiley College Rev. Turner accepted his call into the gospel ministry and preached his initial sermon on April 18, 1993. Upon completion of his degree at Wiley College, Rev. Turner attended Oklahoma City University where he received a Master of Arts degree in Religion in December of 1999. Rev. Rabon Turner has completed post-graduate work at the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Theology degree from International Theological Seminary located in Bradenton, Florida.
He was licensed as a minister in December of 1993 at the Guiding Light Baptist Church of Flint, Michigan. On January 19, 2003 he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at the Unity Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma under the direction of Rev. Dr. Eric A. Mayes, Jr., Pastor Turner served as supply pastor at BeeBe Chapel C.M.E. Church in Guthrie, Oklahoma and Ware Chapel C.M.E. Church in Earlsboro, Oklahoma until he received his calling to Pastor the First Baptist Church of Weleetka, Oklahoma. After his arrival, the church experienced phenomenal growth in membership at which time the church operational budget doubled. Pastor Turner was called to Pastor the historic New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located in Evansville, Indiana after the retirement of Rev. Dr. W. R. Brown, Sr. Upon arrival, the church has doubled in attendance, giving and the Lord is truly blessing New Hope to be a powerful force in the community.
Pastor Turner is a 33rd degree Mason and a member of Cawthra Temple No. 118 and a proud member of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. Pastor is married to Florence "Mia" Johnson and the proud father of one daughter, Raylin Turner, and one son, Rabon Turner II. Pastor Turner is a blessed and grateful child of the King.