By AFRO Staff
There’s a new pastor in town and he’s beginning his tenure at Empowerment Temple’s 9:30 worship service this Sunday.
The Second Episcopal District of The African Methodist Episcopal Church recently announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Robert R.A. Turner as the new pastor of the West Baltimore megachurch.
The expectation is that he will bring a fresh perspective to ministry while leading the church into a new season of growth, giving and gifting.
The leadership of Empowerment Temple is excited to welcome their new pastor and shared these remarks,
“Just as the season changes today from Summer to Fall, it’s a new season for the Empowerment Temple,” a sentiment expressed by the leadership of the church.
“In this season we would like to welcome our new pastor and his family.
The officers and members of Empowerment Temple have been steadfast during this transitional period. Jeremiah 29:11 said, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’ We are eagerly looking forward to our new season.”
The church is planning an official introduction of the First Family to the community Oct. 3, in conjunction with its scheduled Family and Friends Sunday. Current and former members of Empowerment Temple and the Baltimore community are invited to join in. The future of the Empowerment Temple lies in 1 Corinthians 2:9 ”However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’, the things God has prepared for those who love him.”
Until recently, Rev. Turner was pastor of Historic Vernon AME Church in Tulsa, which has the only edifice to survive the 1921 Race Massacre on Greenwood.
He is also the academic dean Jackson Theological Seminary, in Little Rock Arkansas.
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