Dr. William ‘Bill’ Turner, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Director of Continuing Education, Passes Away
Dr. William “Bill” Turner, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Director of Continuing Education, has passed away following a recent illness.
“Dr. Turner was a valued and loved member of the Lexington Theological Seminary community,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett. He joined the faculty in 2005.
The Alabama native was the father of three adult daughters and several grandchildren. He completed 45 years of local church ministry upon his retirement from the pastorate at the end of 2001. During this time he served churches in Alabama, Kentucky, and Texas and as a preacher and educational resource leader in 12 different states.
Dr. Turner published a variety of journal articles and sermons and is the author of several books, including: The Struggle to Believe: Rethinking Faith for the Twenty-first Century; Anytime, Anywhere: Sharing Faith Jesus Style, and Making Sense of the Revelation: A Clear Message of Hope.
Throughout his ministry he held significant positions of service in denominational and civic life, particularly in the areas of race relations, religious liberty, mental health, and interfaith cooperation.
In 2001, Turner married Dr. Earlene Rentz, an accomplished choral composer/arranger. Dr. Turner pursued an active preaching schedule and continued to be a vital contributor to life in Baptist churches and the larger Christian community.
Most recently, Dr. Turner served as Senior Pastor of Liberty Road Faith Fellowship in Lexington, the site of a service of remembrance for Dr. Turner.