Major John and Theresa Turner have been Salvation Army officers for 23 years, commissioned to the Messenger of Joy Session. They have held appointments as Corps Officer in Niles, Michigan; Chicago (Belmont-Lakeview), Illinois; and Champaign, Illinois. They held administrative appointments at Divisional Headquarters in Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis. Major John Turner was the General Secretary in the Eastern Michigan Division and Major Theresa Turner was the Divisional Women’s Ministry Secretary.
Prior to officership in The Salvation Army, Major Turner was a self-employed private contractor in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in The Salvation Army Church where he met and married his wife, Major Theresa Turner. They have two grown children. Their daughter, Dawn, lives in Macomb, Michigan, and is engaged to Dr. William Bennett. Their son, Joshua, resides in Villa Park, Illinois, with his wife, and is an Elementary School Music Teacher in the Aurora School District.