Dear Members and Friends of Central Christian Church,
In June of 1987, Central Christian Church of Kettering extended my first call as an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. I served as your Associate Minister for three years and learned a great deal about how to be a pastor both from you and from my mentor in ministry, Rev. Ted Faulconer. In July of 1996, I returned to Central Christian Church as the Senior Minister and have been blessed by my ministry here ever since.
For many years I have hoped to one day move closer to my parents and family in Iowa. On January 25, 2012, I accepted the call of First Christian Church in Keokuk, Iowa to be their new Senior Minister. The church is in the southeast corner of the state and just a short drive from my college alma mater, Culver Stockton College.
At a special board meeting on Friday, January 27, 2012, I submitted my resignation as Senior Minister of Central Christian Church in Kettering. My last Sunday in the pulpit will be March 11, 2012. Tammy will continue in her teaching position through the end of the school year and then join me in Keokuk this summer.
Over the fifteen years I have served as your Senior Minister I have grown and matured in my faith and also as a pastor. With the assistance of the Christian Church in Ohio, you will now begin an interim time of reflection and study as God prepares this beloved church for a new minister. I trust God will bless Central Christian as it moves forward in mission and ministry in new directions and under new pastoral leadership. I will miss you more than you can know.
Rev. David P. Turner