Celebrating our Tenth Pastor in his 10th Year…
We would love nothing more than to have you share in this Joy with us. Please plan to join in his “10th Year Celebration (#Tenon10) by attending our 10th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet on June 1, 2019. Follow our website links for details of this celebration. Please also take a peek at some of the memories we have created thus far, as we celebrate this grateful journey in 2019. Keep checking back here at our website, as we continue to spread our love and joy with even more memories.
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Community Service Event
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10th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet
June 1, 2019
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To Our Family and Friends of Zion Baptist Church:
Our church history dates back 154 years, since 1865. Same Wonderful God. Same Rich Heritage, and Same Bountiful Praise. And for the past 10 years, Pastor Kelvin Turner, who accepted pastorship of this church in 2009, has meticulously led Zion Baptist Church through the rubles of our church fire, to new doors of worship, to an unstoppable commitment to serve, all because of “The Audacity of His Faithful Leadership”. Faith in the leadership of Dr. Turner has inspired the ZBC congregation to rekindle hope, stay kingdom focused, transform lives, strengthen families, and commit even further to grow God’s kingdom.
Dr. Turner has led the congregation in blending everlasting faith with a commitment to continue God’s work. For that reason, and with the blessing of our God, all year long in 2019, we will express our gratitude and celebrate Pastor Kelvin and First Lady Karen Turner and our First family, in a memorable 10th Anniversary Year.
A Look Back
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Dr. Kelvin E. Turner, Senior Pastor
We’re celebrating the Tenth Year of our Pastor, Dr. Kelvin E. Turner who has dedicated his life to teaching and preaching the Word of God. Having been called to pastor the Historic Zion Baptist Church of Portsmouth, Virginia, he is the l0th Pastor in the church’s 154-year history.
Due to a horrific fire at the original Green Street site of Zion Baptist Church, Dr. Turner arrived in Portsmouth, Virginia with no physical church home. He immediately began efforts to locate a worship center for the Zion congregation and successfully led efforts to revitalize the congregational spirit. In 2011, less than 2 years later, Dr. Turner, leading the Zion Baptist Church congregation purchased a multi-million-dollar historic worship, discipleship and ministry center in the historic Parkview community of Portsmouth, Virginia. Three years later, in August 2014, Dr. Turner then led the church efforts in completing an additional $2.3 million-dollar renovation effort of the facility, that now provides state-of-the art meeting rooms and technology, expanding the church’s vision to reach souls in a more global way.
A native of Detroit Michigan, he is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. He continued his education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, earning a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education, and a Doctorate of Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Having served in pastoral ministry (as Associate Minister, Youth Pastor, Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Senior Pastor) in Michigan, Kentucky, Washington, DC, Ohio, Tennessee; and now Virginia; Dr. Turner has always served the communities where he lived and worked.
His past service on and with local and national boards includes: the Northern Ohio Baptist Congress of Christian Education (President); Youngstown Extension of the American Baptist College (Director); Youngstown Area Community Action Council (President); Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (President); the Governor's appointee for the Commission on African American Males (Ohio); the National City Bank Community Board (Ohio); Parkview Counseling Center (Board member - Ohio); Eagle Heights Academy (Board member - Ohio); and Habitat for Humanity (Board member – Tennessee).
Since coming to Virginia, Pastor Turner has continued his commitment to community services, volunteering with the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless ( past president); American Baptist Churches of the South (President Area II Ministers); Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia (Past President); Ida Barbour Early Learning Center (former board member), and the Civil Service Commission for the City of Portsmouth (Board member).
Dr. Turner has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad, in support of national and international humanitarian efforts while sharing the gospel of our Lord and Savior. He is a proven leader, equipped to make an impact upon whomever he meets with the power of God, through his many talents and gifts. Above all, his role as Husband and Father is his most valued treasure. He is married to Leading Lady, Karen Minor-Turner and they are the proud parents of three adult children, Kelvin Eric Turner II, Kandace Joyce Turner-Ford (Glenn), and Dr. Karisma Elyce Turner.