Mark Turner

Redemption Heights Church, Pennsylvania
Lead Church Planter
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Redemption Heights Church
April 24
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About My Family

I love Jesus and have devoted my life to serving the church and fulfilling the Great Commision. I've worn many hats in my years of ministry, from video producer and worship leader to professor and preacher.

I enjoy comedy, music, books, sports and more, but my greatest desire is to proclaim the awe-inspiring and life-changing truth of God's Word.

I've been married to Whitney since 2007 and have two sons and a daughter.

About My Church Plant

I'm a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a two-time graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I served for almost a decade as a family pastor in southeastern Virginia and now am planting Redemption Heights Church in West Philly. Redemption Heights is a gospel community on mission to Philadelphia and the world.

NAMB Church Planting

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