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Introducing our Candidate for Minister of Music

Chris Turner

with Patti, Caleb, Ryan, and Payton

Front row: Ryan, Payton Back row: Chris, Caleb, Patti

It’s a new day!

A Message from Chris Turner I am so excited about coming back to F.B.C. Pineville! Psalm 37:4 says to delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. God has truly done that for my family. After serving churches in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, we feel we are being called home. Some of you may remember me as a little freckle faced boy who attended F.B.C. as an active 2nd — 4th grader, participating in RA’s, Bible Drill, and children’s choir. First Baptist has always had a special place in my heart since I was baptized here. I feel called to build a great choir–led, blended worship service, incorporating various styles of music and involving all generations. I want to see the agegraded choir program grow and develop a music school to train future orchestra players and singers. I believe seasonal programs (Christmas and Easter musicals) have great potential to bring in the community and celebrate the life of Christ. I would also like to use music as a tool to promote fellowship within the body through special hymn sings and musical dinners.

Profession of Faith Decision Card—1982—F.B.C.P.

It is surreal to think that after all these years I would have the opportunity to come back home in this role. I have been watching God put together a great team over the last few years at First Baptist and feel blessed that He has picked me to play this important part of that team. As a minister at First Baptist, I recognize my role would extend beyond the music ministry, and I am a team player ready to get involved. I believe that great things lie ahead for F.B.C. Pineville!

Personal Profile Personal Information

Born: August 15, 1974 Married Patti Elkins on December 7, 1996 Children: Caleb Layne Turner, Born May 15, 1999, 12 years old, entering 7th grade. Ryan Christopher Turner, Born August 7, 2001, 9 years old, entering 5th grade. Payton Grace Turner, Born September 30, 2002, 8 years old, entering 3rd grade.

Baptized at First Baptist Church Pineville, August 29, 1982 Ordained to the ministry by Calvary Baptist Church, 1998 Get to know the Turners on Facebook: Search “Chris Turner” and “Patti Turner.”


Master of Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2002 Bachelor of Music, Louisiana College, 1996

Hobbies and Interests Motorcycles, computers, NASCAR, guitars, stereos, and various electronic gadgets.

Worship Service Videos ·

A Worship Service DVD is available for viewing in the Welcome Center.

Ministry Experience Minister of Music, First Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, Florida, 2005 – Present Responsibilities include planning and leading weekly worship services involving praise band/ praise team for contemporary service and choir and orchestra for traditional service. Weekly rehearse each of the various ensembles in preparation for Sunday services as well as seasonal presentations including annual Easter and Christmas musicals. Oversee the weekly audiovisual ministry, which consists of training and organizing the sound team and video teams that provide live and recorded audio and video within our services. Chris has added enhancements that have included intelligent lighting, a choir video monitor, and various flat screen TV’s around the church for weekly video announcements and Sunday morning viewing of the worship services. He is responsible for maintaining all the instruments, sound, video equipment, and lighting for the church. He edits various video projects and maintains the Pastor’s weekly podcast. Always trying to find creative ways to supplement the budget, Chris has instituted fundraisers such as an annual car show in the spring and a dinner theatre in the fall that have been enjoyed by the community as well as the congregation. Each year he plans and maintains the music budget.

Minister of Music, Central Baptist Church, Springhill, Louisiana, 2004 – 2005

Responsibilities included planning and leading weekly worship services involving the choir, instrumentalists, and other ensembles. Weekly prepared the choir for anthems on Sunday as well as preparing them for Christmas and Easter musical programs. Oversaw the television ministry that aired weekly services as well as local community activities. Occasionally led worship services for youth mission trips, Disciple Now weekends, and youth rallies. Weekly rehearsed a small ensemble that sang in morning worship services monthly as well as some community activities. Led 1st — 6th grade children’s choir. Prepared and led the music for the Child Development Center students during the school year. Led a worship enhancement project which involved the purchase of a new organ, new carpet on the stage, a new sound system in the fellowship hall and the sanctuary, new stage furniture, and new televisions and projectors throughout the church.

Minister of Music, Hallmark Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, 2001 – 2004

Responsibilities included planning and leading weekly worship services involving the choir, orchestra, and occasional praise team. Weekly prepared the choir and orchestra for anthems on Sunday as well as preparing them for Christmas and Easter musical programs. The choir sang for community events such as caroling at the mall and presenting their Christmas and Easter program at retirement homes. Occasionally led youth worship services, camps, and youth rallies. Chris taught voice lessons, worked with small ensembles, as well as developed a graded choir program. Chris began an elementary Summer Choir Camp that prepared and presented a musical in one week over the summer. He was responsible for maintaining the sound/video system as well as overseeing sound/video system installation for a new chapel and education wing. In addition, he was in charge of maintaining musical instruments and preparing and maintaining the music budget. As a team player, he participated in weekly visitation, hospital visitation, and working with the staff as a whole to plan events and lead people to Christ.

Other Ministry Experience: · · · · · ·

Minister of Music, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas, 2000 – 2001 Minister of Music and Youth, Central Baptist Church, Blooming Grove, Texas, 1998 – 2000 Minister of Music and Youth, St. Clair Baptist Church, Gardner, Louisiana, 1997 – 98 Minister of Music and Youth, First Baptist Church Lonepine, St. Landry, Louisiana, 1995 Interim Minister of Music, First Baptist Church, Jonesville, Louisiana, 1994 Minister of Music, Pine Grove Baptist Church, Ruby, Louisiana, 1993

Major Secular Experience · · ·

Substitute Teacher, Blooming Grove, I.S.D. and Corsicana, I.S.D. 1999 Music and Social Studies teacher, Rapides Parish Schools, Alexandria, Louisiana, 1998 Clerical, William McGinty McBride, III, M. D., Alexandria, Louisiana, 1996 – 1998

Introductory Week Schedule - May 15-22 Sunday, May 15

6:00 p.m. Search Committee Question and Answer Session with church family.

Wednesday, May 18 7:00 p.m. Chris meets with Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Members for rehearsal and Q & A.

Thursday, May 19

11:30 a.m. Stewart and Chris will join the Senior Adults for Joy Club. Chris speaking. 6:00 p.m. All staff (ministerial and support) supper at Holloway’s home.

Friday, May 20

5:00 p.m. Chris’ family has supper with search committee. 7:00 p.m. Chris and Patti meet with Deacons & Personnel Committee. Children’s Fellowship for Interaction with Turner children

Saturday, May 21 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. All church reception to meet and greet the Turner family. 6:00 p.m. Rehearsal with orchestra for Sunday morning.

Sunday, May 22 10:15 a.m. Chris leads worship. Church votes to affirm call immediately after the service. 11:30 a.m. Youth Lunch Fundraiser, Cake and Pie Auction 6:00 p.m. Children’s Choir Concert, Turner family present to greet additional church families.

Leading praise band at Pompano Beach Seafood Festival



Ryan and Caleb


Introducing Chris Turner as Our Candidate for Minister of Music  
Introducing Chris Turner as Our Candidate for Minister of Music  

Profile for First Baptist Church Pineville's candidate for Minister of Music