About UsWe are a frontline outreach ministry to high-risk and fatherless youth. But there's more to it than that! I hope you will spend a few minutes getting to know what we are all about and I look forward to connecting with you to see how we can help each other find and fulfill God's great plans for each of us. Give
Your gift will help bring the gospel to fatherless youth! Early one morning in November of 2007, I was reading the Bible. I had studied the book of Psalms for several months, and this morning, I read a few verses about the hurting and fatherless among us. It was as if...
About Ken Turner
Hello there! I’m glad you are here. I’m Ken Turner and I founded High Impact Ministries in 2008 after serving approximately 20 years in full-time church youth ministry. As a child, we were not a “church-going” family. When I was around 10 years old, someone invited my parents to visit a small country church, near our little “one-stoplight-town” in SC, and a few months later, both my parents decided to accept Christ as their Savior. A few months after that, I was saved and our lives were forever changed. I met my wife, Jennifer, in college while studying for my youth ministry degree and we were married and entered youth ministry together in 1987. She grew up in central IL in a smaller town than I did (a zero-stoplight-town). For approximately 20 years I was the full-time youth pastor in three large churches in Nashville, TN, South Bend, IN, and Indianapolis, IN. We lived in Indiana from 1989 until 2010 and raised our three kids there while immersed in the world of church youth ministry. In 2008, God redirected our ministry path to an entirely new mission field… a frontline outreach to high-risk and fatherless youth and families.
High Impact Youth Outreach
We minister to high-risk and fatherless youth in juvenile detention centers, youth homes and other youth-serving facilities. We come, we connect and we care for their spiritual needs.
- High Impact Bible Studies: By simply teaching students the Word of God, we bring hope and direction into their lives.
- High Impact Mentoring/Discipleship: We invest in personal, authentic friendships with youth knowing that “life on life” influence is a powerful thing.
- Chaplain Ministry: Students and staff have genuine needs for spiritual care and through our Chaplain ministry, we give our time and attention to those spiritual needs.
- High Impact Outreach Events: We provide events to youth in juvenile detention facilities. We host outreach events, in-house youth retreats, The Man Up Conference on Biblical Manhood, High Impact Parenting Conference for Parents and specialized events based on the needs and requests of staff and students.
High Impact Teen Journal
Our High Impact Teen one-year spiritual journal has been used by over 20,000 teens! Did you know that over 80% of teens who attend church regularly never open the Bible and read it on their own? But teens who use the High Impact Teen Spiritual journal average reading the Bible at least 4 days out of 7 weekly.
High Impact Gear
Foster and fatherless youth are often in transition and leave with nothing but the clothes on their back. Having a bag that belongs to you with your own personal items eases the pain and stress of life’s difficult moments.
The High Impact Gear Bag is a backpack filled with the essential items a foster or fatherless youth needs when faced with a transition. The bag contains items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap or body wash, deodorant, blanket, a spiritual journal, bible, and information about ways to connect with a mentor and other support.
Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
God has blessed us with a faithful leadership team and we are always excited to see who He brings into our circle of ministry. If you are looking for ways to grow in Christ and serve Him in a meaningful way, we would enjoy hearing from you!
Founder, Youth Minister
Ken has served in full-time youth ministry since 1987. He published the High Impact Teen spiritual journal which has been used by over 20,000 teens. Ken led Youth Imperative in the early 2000’s, a ministry to youth leaders that grew from a dozen youth leaders to over 1,000. His passion is seeing people come to know Christ as Savior and move on to grow in a vibrant relationship with Him.
Director of High Impact York
Youth Outreach Speaker
What others are saying about our ministry to fatherless youth…
Ken Turner has a heart for young men, especially those “at risk” who would normally fall through the cracks in our society. God is using Ken as a source of peace, love, and direction, in a world full of violence, hatred and confusion, He has the unique ability to...
I don’t know anyone who is better with ‘at risk’ teenagers than Ken Turner.
In Ken Turner I see a man who is born to reach young people in this world and not only is he being obedient in this calling, he is thriving in it.
I have served side-by-side with Ken Turner and know his heart and his leadership capabilities.
Ken Turner has shown great effectiveness in reaching the next generation! I would whole-heartedly endorse his ministry!
I am honored to recommend my friend Ken Turner whom I have known over 13 years. I have had the pleasure of serving with Ken on several occasions and have found him to have a true heart for the youth he ministers to. Ken’s tenacity and selfless drive to help young...