Friday October 25th Speaker
Bishop Rufus K. Turner
A native of Northern California, Bishop Rufus Turner knew from an early age he was called by God for kingdom building. During his youth, God used him mightily through the ministry of music and song. Knowing God called him into ministry, education was pivotal in both the secular world and for the Kingdom of God. He pursued and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of San Francisco in Organizational Behavior. Obedient to the Spirit of God and walking by faith, in 1995, God opened a phenomenal door in the city of Stockton and Victory In Praise Church (VIP) of Stockton, California was founded and established.
VIP is a multi-cultural, non-denominational, congregation transcending, class and social status, focusing its ministry on the unchurched. With wisdom and direction from God, Bishop Turner has been successful in planting seven additional ministries. He has partnered with other Pastors to Visionaries Pursuing Excellence Bishop Rufus K. Turner, M.Div. problem-solve, facilitate programs for their church membership and assisted other Pastors with their strategic financial plans.Being a visionary and believing in doing all things with a spirit of excellence, he continued his education, receiving a Master's of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. With a passion for education, Bishop Turner established and teaches at the Victory In Praise Bible Institute(VIPBI). VIPBI currently has a phenomenal staff that facilitates Christian Education courses designed to equip individuals with the awesome truths of God's Word.
Visionaries Pursuing Excellence (VPE) was formed as a conglomeration of Pastors, under the direction and leadership of Bishop Turner to receive guidance in various areas of ministry. This organization has a fresh and aggressive approach to meeting the directives of God. There are currently eleven churches submitted to Bishop Turner’s covering and leadership. Standing beside God’s man is his wife of 38 years, Lady Trena Turner. They have two adult children, Jbar Turner and Tia Barnes (Joseph, III) and seven grandchildren. They are ardent believers that marriage is reflective of God’s love in and through us. Bishop Turner is an accomplished musician, songwriter, as well as a published author - “A Shepherd’s View”. He recognizes that any good accomplishment in his life is accredited to the amazing grace of God and His favor that is placed upon his life. He believes if we each submit to the Headship of Christ Jesus we too can walk in His favor.