Don Turner became the associate pastor of worship and discipleship at FBC Kentwood in November of 2016. A student of music his entire life, studying under several musical and vocal directors over the years, his passion for music and proficiency with upper brass and stringed instruments, allowed him to serve in a variety of environments from marching band, concert band, choir, and stage band beginning early childhood and continued throughout college and beyond.
Don grew up in Kentwood and surrendered to the ministry in 2010. He has served on the worship team as a vocalist and guitarist at FBC Kentwood, where he also served as worship leader to the youth. He has served in this role on various international mission trips, as well as retreats, revivals and other associational worship services.
Don attended Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Church Leadership Program and received a Biblical Ministry Certificate in 2018.
He is involved in several outreach ministries in the community of Kentwood where he serves at the pleasure of the Chief as Chaplain to Kentwood Fire Department and serves the community as a licensed EMR, Fire Fighter, Swift Water Rescue Technician and Confined Space & Rope Rescue Technician. Don also serves as Training Officer in Kentwood Fire Department and is a certified CPR/AED Instructor and “Stop The Bleed” Instructor teaching lifesaving skills to those seeking training in our community. The purpose in this ministry is to walk along-side those in our “everyday world” and respond or prepare them to respond in a time of need while bringing the hope of the gospel as the opportunity is presented.
Don also currently serves as a Disaster Relief Chaplain and as Liaison to Louisiana Baptist Convention Disaster Relief efforts on behalf of Two Rivers Baptist Association.
Recently, Don has taken part in one of our latest outreach ministries where he serves as Troop Ministry Liaison to Trail Life Troop LA-6190 chartered at First Baptist Church Kentwood. Trail Life USA is a Church-Based, Christ-Centered Boy focused mentoring and discipleship journey that speaks to the heart of a boy. Established on the timeless values derived from the Bible and set in the context of outdoor adventure.
Don’s greatest joy as a worship pastor is combining the unchanging truth of scripture with the power of prayer and the universal language of music, that all may be united in one Spirit, to the praise and glory of God the Father.
Hobbies/Interests: Beekeeping, Hiking, Camping, Licensed Amateur Radio Operator (HAM), Emergency Communications.