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 transcend the barriers of age, race and culture, and impact youth with the love of Jesus Christ. I gladly and wholeheartedly endorse my dear friend Ken Turner!
About Buddy Jewell:
Buddy has a heart for youth and has participated in the High Impact Teen youth outreach in Nashville, TN along with Ken Turner.
Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene after winning the inaugural season of the USA Network’s hit television series “Nashville Star.” After Buddy’s win, Columbia Records released his self-titled debut album “Buddy Jewell” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts as well as #13 on the Top 100 Pop Album Charts. The album was certified Gold later that same year, selling over ½ million copies. Buddy’s first two singles, “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” both landed in the top 5 on the singles chart. Jewell has since followed up with 5 more albums, “Times Like These,” “Country Enough” , “I Surrender All”, “Wanted : LIVE “and his newest release, “My Father’s Country.” www.buddyjewell.com
Scott Roley, Founder of The Franklin Table, Franklin, Tennessee. www.scottroley.com
“Ken Turner is a remarkable communicator with young people. After working with students for more than 30 years I can honestly say I don’t know anyone who is better with ‘at risk’ teenagers than Ken Turner. He gives an imaginative and yet straightforward presentation of Christ and the Gospel. If I needed someone to talk with my students about Jesus… I would want it to be Ken Turner!”
Scott Roley helped pioneer a unique redevelopment project in Hard Bargain, a low-income residential neighborhood in Franklin. The vision is to provide work force homes for purchase, thus transforming a 100-year-old neighborhood into a vibrant community. The aim is to revitalize a specific area, while keeping its residents intact and enhancing this piece of Franklin, Tennessee’s history. He also was a founding father of New Hope Academy, a Christ-centered community school with an economically, racially, and culturally diverse student body. It exists to serve low-income families by establishing a solid Biblical worldview, instilling vision, confirming hope and preparing each young person for a life of service.
Roley’s life-long love for music developed into another integral part of his ministry throughout the years. He has released eleven recordings of his own and has co-written songs on numerous projects. He continues to write music and perform. The past two years he spent on tour with Michael Card, performing in concert as well as teaching The Biblical Imagination Series.
Hunter Smith, NFL, retired, Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and author of The Jersey Effect.
“Every believer has a calling to engage in some facet of God’s work on the earth. From time to time throughout the course of a life it can be hard to decipher exactly what this specific calling is. In Ken Turner I see a man who has received, embraced, been equipped for, and walks in his distinct calling. Five minutes with him and you know he is a man born to reach young people in this world. And, not only is he being obedient in this calling, he is thriving in it.”
About Hunter Smith:
Hunter was drafted by and played for the Indianapolis Colts for ten seasons, during which he received many honors, including being named to the NFL All-Rookie Team and three-time alternate to the Pro Bowl. The Colts franchise recorded the most wins of any team in NFL history over the span of a decade under the leadership of Tony Dungy, Hunter’s greatest sports role model, including winning Super Bowl XLI to cap off the 2006 season.
Hunter signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2009, where he played for two seasons. During his tenure with Washington, he rushed for a touchdown against the New York Giants and passed for a 35-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos, becoming the only special teams player in NFL history to both run and pass for a touchdown in the same season. He officially retired from professional football in 2011. Hunter serves as director of the Sports and Culture Initiative at the Sagamore Institute, a national think tank based in Indianapolis. Hunter captivates audiences with a powerful message that is full of humbling and humorous experiences. He is enthusiastic about exposing people to God’s truth and the world’s lies. Hunter has carried his message on national and international stages through his gift s of speaking and singing.
Darrin D. Gray, Director of Partner Development, All Pro Dad, “The fatherhood program founded by Tony Dungy” Indianapolis, IN (National Offices in Tampa, FL)
“I have served side-by-side with Ken Turner and know his heart and his leadership capabilities. He has the unique ability to connect with diverse groups of parents and kids…from struggling youth at the juvenile correctional facility, all the way to college bound high school football players at All Pro Dad’s community events held at the Colts Complex. His love for the Lord is always evident. If you need to learn more about Ken Turner call me at 813.777.3140.”
About Darrin Gray:
DARRIN GRAY has a unique window into the National Football League by virtue of his day-to-day involvement with All Pro Dad, Family First’s national fatherhood program cofounded by Tony Dungy and Clyde Christensen. Darrin interacts with NFL athletes, coaches, and alumni that serve as spokesmen for All Pro Dad, and he has conducted programming with over half of the NFL franchises. He develops innovative partnership strategies to reach families via special events, broadcast, and new media with the assistance of media partners and corporate sponsors. He conceptualized The Jersey Effect years ago when he wondered what motivated some athletes like Tony Dungy to use their professional platform in sports, their jersey, to make a positive impact both on and off the field. A few years later he invited NFL punter Hunter Smith, while he was still playing in the NFL, to coauthor the book and to help him explore the many ways that sports shape culture, with the help of his world champion teammates and coaches.
Dave Jamerson, Pastor of Renovate Church, Cedar Park, TX andFormer NBA, Houston Rockets
“I truly believe that ministering to the next generation, to underserved people and communities, and to those on the fringes of society are three of the most important areas in which a person can minister. Ken Turner has not only shown a commitment in these areas, but great effectiveness! I would whole-heartedly endorse his ministry!”
About Dave Jamerson
Dave was raised in Northeast Ohio and attended Ohio University.
Dave was a standout basketball player–eventually becoming the 15th pick in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft. After college, Dave moved to Houston, Texas, to begin his professional basketball career with the Houston Rockets.
Dave has served as the International Director and President of a sports ministry; was the Lead Pastor and planter of a church in Carmel, Indiana; was the Founder and President of Champions Academy—a world class basketball training academy; served for seven years on the national ministry team for the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) overseeing all Christian activity at the NCAA Final Four; served on the board of City Mosaic, a partnership of churches in Indianapolis, Indiana, that worked collaboratively to bring transformation to individuals, families, and communities in poverty; and served for seven years on the leadership team as the lead outreach pastor at Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis helping it grow from 1,400 to 6,000 in weekend attendance.
Dave has ministered in over 40 countries and received his training from Victory Leadership Institute and graduated from the Advanced School of Church Planting and Pastoral Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee in 2003.
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 people who may not have known the love of an earthly father to come to know the true love of our heavenly father is an inspiration to me. Above all his professional qualities and achievements, the things that I admire the most in Ken is his dedication to follow his calling and his God given ability to connect with and impact the mission field he has been given. Kurt Hufford, Commercial Airline Pilot, Skywest Airlines, Colorado Springs, CO
After twenty-one years in church youth ministry I established an outreach ministry in 2008 with a key focus on reaching troubled youth in the community of Indianapolis, Indiana. Our ministry moved to Tennessee in July 2010 and I continue to minister to high-risk and fatherless youth.