Reverend Dr. Rodney Kirk Turner was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of Rufus and Betty Turner. He is a product of the Atlanta Public School system and a graduate of the Frederick Douglas High School class of 1975. Rev. Turner obtained his college education at the Historic Morehouse College as a sociology and criminology major. While pursuing his education at Morehouse, Rev. Turner became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and served as president for two years. He furthered his biblical education at Carver and Beulah Heights Bible Colleges. In May 2015, Rev. Turner received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Carver College for his twenty-six years of service work in the field of substance abuse and outreach ministry. For nine plus years, Rev. Turner served as Pastor of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke, Alabama and is presently entering his fourteenth year as Pastor and undershepherd of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a proud father and a loving husband to former State Representative LaNett L. Stanley of Atlanta, GA.
Rev. Turner was licensed to preach in February 1990 and ordained in January 1995 at the Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, Georgia by the Rev. Dr. C. M. Alexander, Pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church North and President Emeritus of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. While attending Antioch, Rev. Turner served as an associate minister and also worked on the staff of Antioch for over seventeen plus years as Antioch’s Substance Abuse, AIDS, Prison Ministry and Outreach Coordinator. He was the director of Antioch’s first recovery residence for men, the Ananias House and Antioch’s first recovery residence for women, Ruth’s Place. Rev. Turner is the Founder of one of the nation’s most successful recovery ministries, Product of the Power Ministry, a Christian-based recovery ministry that addresses the needs of those suffering with substance abuse issues and other spiritual behavioral disorders. He has authored six books that address how to overcome sin and addiction from a biblical perspective. Many churches across denominational lines and other Christian organizations around the nation seeking to start a Christian-based recovery ministry or program use Rev. Turner’s seven-step model and materials from his books on Christian recovery as their model for recovery ministry.
Rev. Turner has served on the Governor’s AIDS Task force, the SCLC Wings of Hope Anti-Drug Taskforce, the Fulton County Street Team and was chosen by Armac to participate in a one-year internship at Atlanta West Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center and Methadone Clinic. Rev. Turner has taught recovery classes in the urban ministries department at Beulah Heights Bible College and has served as a faculty member of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, Auxiliary to the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Rev. Turner is currently serving in his eighteenth year as a faculty member of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Congress of Christian Education where he teaches and lectures on Christian based recovery. He has served as lead columnist for the nationally published magazine Recovery Solutions.
Rev. Turner is presently working in his twenty-fourth year with Clark Atlanta University and the Fulton County Judicial system as the senior counselor for Project Redirection, a special program designed to provide alternatives to incarceration for Fulton County non-violent offenders. In addition, he has worked with Juvenile offenders in DeKalb, Cobb and Fulton Counties through Project Redirection’s youth initiatives. He has served as a chaplain for the Fulton County Jail Division for over twenty years and is a member of the Georgia Sheriff Association Chaplain’s Division.
Rev. Turner was a 2017 Inductee into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers. He currently serves as a board member for Antioch Urban Ministries. Rev. Turner has received several awards including the 2000 Atlanta Dairy Association’s Movers and Shakers Award, the 2002 Antioch Baptist Church North’s Man of The Year and Community Service Award, the 2004 Antioch Urban Ministries Mighty Faith Award, the 2005 Concerned Black Clergy’s Community Service Award, the 2006 Gospel Choice Chosen Award and the 2012 God’s Trombone Award from Rainbow PUSH. In 2015, Rev. Turner was recognized by the Apex Museum for his work in the field of recovery and outreach ministry.
With over twenty-nine years of Christ-centered recovery work and outreach initiatives, Rev. Turner has helped countless men and women turn their lives around through a right functioning relationship with Jesus Christ. He is a leader and advocate for the disadvantaged, the hungry and the homeless in the community, always sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Rev. Turner’s motto is:
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2nd Corinthians 5:17.