Dayspring Community Church
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
growing more like Jesus every day!
Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. Cynthia T. Turner
What You Should Know
Name: Rev. Cynthia T. Turner, D.Min.
AKA: Pastor Turner, Dr. Turner, Rev. Cynthia, Doc, and, perhaps my favorite from the neighborhood children, "Rev. Aunt Cynthia"
Occupation: Senior Pastor
Favorite Church: Dayspring Community Church
Favorite Movies: The Great Debaters (really anything Denzel), Love Story, Moonstruck, Ghost, anything mushy
Favorite Authors: Zora Neale Hurston (#1), Alice Walker, J. California Cooper
Favorite Food: Tradtional Thanksgiving Dinner and anything from New Orleans and Italy
Favorite Prez & First Lady: Barack and Michelle Obama!
Favorite Vacation Place: Hanalei Bay, Kuai, and any bookstore
Personal Motto: #1: "It's not what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you that matters most." #2: "Quitting is not an option." (Thanks, Dr. Curtis!)
Favorite Thing To Do: Preach! (Then, travel, read, and write in that order.)
Addiction: iPad; Scrabble and Scrabble for iPad; Words with Friends for iPad (I know, I know, but I can't help myself.)
On My Ipod: Lots of sermons by my favorite preachers, some Jonathan Butler, CeCe Winans, Sade, Darius Rucker, and yes some Prince, Beyonce, Parliament, and Bootsy Collins :-)
Most Admired Character Traits: Authenticity, integrity, and loyalty
Simple Pleasures: Long walks, scenic drives, dabbling with iPad, Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, fresh pizza, and Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
Social Media: Facebook (Cynthia Turner); Twitter (@revcynturner)
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All About Me
I was born in Lynchburg, Virginia -- the youngest of three children -- but grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, right outside of Washington, DC.
I completed my elementary, junior high, high school, undergraduate and graduate education within a 10-mile radius of the DC area. It was not until my doctoral studies that I attended school outside of the DC area. At an early age, I knew God had called me to preach, but did not know what to do with the call. So I just tucked it away and tried "work it out" in other ways I thought would satisfy God. I taught Bible Study, New Members Classes, worked in various ministries -- whatever I could do. None of that sufficed. I publicly announced my call in 1993 and preached my initial sermon in 1994. Today, it is my joy to tell the story that Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me as often and as best I can.
My background is in journalism. I am a writer with a background in health communications and have worked in nonprofits, not-for-profits, and federal arenas. I even have a business called Trudel & Associates, Inc., where I continue to consult and provide services in writing, editing, and project review and management, as often as I can.
I am the second pastor of the Dayspring Community Church, started in 1996. We call ourselves a "A COURAGEOUS CHURCH IN CHALLENGING TIMES" because we are poised to face the future with the courage the past has given us. We have accomplished a great deal as we have drawn deeper from God's Word and grown closer in our lives together. In the coming years, we are focusing on reaching pre-believers with the awesome power of God's Word, spreading God's Word through missions beyond our reach, and growing individually through a deepened awe and understanding of the Bible. We really do believe we can build a church on the Word of God.
I love exploring new places and it is my goal to cover all 50 states some day. So far, I have been to 37, including Alaska, Hawaii, and USVI territory. As a girl, I prayed to God to allow me to travel and experience foreign lands and people before it's all said and done. Already I have stood on five of the seven continents, and preached on four of them. I spent a nearly 2-week immersion in Zimbabwe in 1998 that was life-changing, and I joined the Pastoral Excellence Program on mission in Guyana in May 2009 (see photo above). In May 2010, we traveled to Kingston, Jamaica (and other regions), to study missions through hospitality. In May 2011, we went to Italy on immersion. I spent several days immersed in the Tuscany region, visited Florence, saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Herculaneum, the Vatican, the Coliseum, Rome, and stayed in in a convent with more the 30 other American and Italian partner-pastors in Naples. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Lily Foundation for their commitment to furthering the gospel by strengthening pastors.
Our church is embarking on the purchase of a new building. You can help us by joing in prayer, presence and worship. If you're in need of counsel, prayer or ministry, or if you'd like to share your gifts with us, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, trust God, who loves you more than you can imagine, and keep the faith!
In case you need an Official Bio, here it is...
Reverend Dr. Cynthia T. Turner is the Senior Pastor of the
Dr. Turner graduated from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio in December 2006 as a Curtis-Watson Fellow, where she received the Doctor of Ministry degree. She holds a Master of Divinity degree (2003) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree (1986) in broadcast journalism and English from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Prior to entering ministry full-time, Reverend Turner served in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Speechwriter to Assistant Secretary for Health and US Surgeon General David Satcher. She brings to ministry more than 25 years' experience in publishing, health communications, and public health. Because of this experience, she is acutely aware of the church’s critical need to promote its members' physical and mental health, as it continues its long-held mission of ensuring spiritual health.
After completing her Master of Divinity degree, Reverend Turner spent a year on staff with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland, where she promoted the art of contemplative living. Dr. Turner is a missionary with the Lott Carery Baptist Foreign Mission Convention Pastoral Excellence Program. She currently serves on the board of the Elizabeth Ministry (Washington, DC), Wesley Theological Seminary’s Alumni Council and the DC Baptist Convention’s Center for Ministerial Leadership Team.
A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Reverend Turner enjoys traveling to new places, contemplation, writing reflectively and gardening. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. She can be reached at email@example.com.