Your gift today will help us meet our mid-2018 goal and is an investment in the life of a fatherless teen. Our first youth group in 1987. Metro Baptist Church, Nashville, TN. *My wife, Jennifer is in the middle row, third from left to right. =) Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from [...]
Joshua Goodling Is Available To Speak To Youth In Your Community The paperwork has all been completed, my mortgage is now paid, and I am ready to hit the road bringing the life-changing glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people and others! I am currently stationed in Knoxville Tennessee while I look for a truck and trailer and pray that God will open the doors He wants. Jesus said in John 4:34, "Do you [...]
You meet so many people in life, but there are a few of those relationships that carry on forever. My friend Joshua Goodling is one of those life-long friendships. We met in college, became friends, and God continues to use Joshua in my life on a weekly basis to strengthen my faith, and I believe He continues to use me in Joshua's life in much the same way. It's one of my "iron sharpens iron" [...]
May 23, 2018 Our Ministry Partners Have Made This Possible For ten years, Ken Turner Ministries, through our High Impact Teen youth outreach, has been ministering to high-risk and fatherless youth. Much of our impact has been through Bible studies, worship services, outreach events and one on one time invested in youth in our juvenile centers. Through volunteers and staff, we minister to youth in Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. The Problem That Remains [...]
Make a life-changing impact in the life of a teen! We are currently looking for mentors in the following locations in Tennessee... Dyersburg, 1 male Knoxville, 2 males, 1 female LaVergne, 1 male, 1 female Lewisburg, 1 male Memphis, 1 male Sevierville, 1 male Chattanooga, 30-60 Contact us to learn more about our next mentor training or just to learn more.
Yesterday, I was with a group of six high school boys in one of our outreach programs in a juvenile facility. Two of the six boys made this statement, "I've been on my own since I was twelve." They went on to explain they weren't homeless since age twelve but they were "on their own" in the sense that their parents had essentially "checked out" on them by the time they were twelve. In some [...]
Yesterday I was able to go "door to door" in a juvenile center here in Tennessee while escorted by security. Looking through a small window I saw boys napping, writing letters and some just thinking. I invited each one to join me when I come back to learn and study how to be the man God intended you to be. Some were skeptical, some were uninterested and some said please count me in. Each one [...]
Our outreach is to high-risk youth. Our youth have great needs and one of the greatest needs is to be connected to a caring, trusted adult who will be a friend and guide them through the days ahead. Last year we started down a path to fill in a gap that I've been very burdened about for several years. We began investing in the foundation of building a mentor outreach team that will eventually stretch [...]
God is doing great things in the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge, TN. Recently the TN Baptist Convention was able to capture and produce this short video sharing personal testimonies from some of the youth we are ministering to.
Since launching a NEW teen devotional series on April 29, 2016 called "Walking With God" our posts on the High Impact Teen Facebook page have been viewed by over 23,000 people. One surprise has been the number of youth from outside the USA who are engaging with the devotionals. It's a great reminder of just how vast the world is and how far reaching the gospel is across our land. Pray for this new ministry [...]
High Impact Mentoring is a NEW outreach launched in May 2016 with the help of the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). With the help of CAYM and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, we are moving forward and creating a mentoring ministry model through church partnerships across the state of Tennessee. In May 2016 the first CORE Mentor Leader Training was held at First Baptist Church of Kingston, TN with mentor leaders attending the [...]
GTI stands for Gateway To Independence. GTI is the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, TN and the home of one of our weekly youth outreach ministries of High Impact Teens. In the fall of 2015 we started the first ever All Pro Dad Chapter in a juvenile facility as an outreach to teen fathers. The sad reality is that sometimes fatherless teens become parents themselves before they are even out of their [...]