Kempton Turner

City of Joy Fellowship , Illinois
Lead Church Planter
East St. Louis Illinois
City of Joy Fellowship
May 15

About My Family

I grew up in East St. Louis and enjoyed attending Dunbar Elementary School and Clark Junior High School. My wife and I attended the same church in East St. Louis as children. We have known one another since we were 12 years old. We got married in 1999 and have been happily married for almost 19 years. The Lord has blessed us with five children. As I return to my roots, my heart beats for God’s favor and blessing to be lavished upon my hometown of East St. Louis. 

About My Church Plant

In recent years, I sensed the Spirit’s stirring to make disciples of Christ in East St. Louis by preaching the gospel and trusting Jesus to establish a local expression of His blood-bought church. There are already churches in the area who are doing a good work and we want to serve and strengthen them. However, we also realize that the harvest of precious souls in East St. Louis is plentiful, and the Lord of the harvest is calling more laborers to go, love and preach the gospel to them. It is our privilege to participate with Him in the work He is doing in East St. Louis, the surrounding areas, even to the ends of the earth! By God's sweet grace, City of Joy Fellowship launched September 18, 2016.

NAMB Church Planting

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Fund ID: 7LFH5B-Turner,Kempto