As a third generation Methodist minister Rev. Gary Turner has lived and served in many towns in central & north Texas and the Texas Midwest. He is a graduate of Comanche High School and was graduated from McMurry College in Abilene with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with a Speech minor.
In April 1975 he was licensed to preach in the United Methodist Church and began serving his first church in Tye, Texas, in June. In May of that same year he was married to Carol Louise Criswell at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Rev. Turner received his Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and was ordained an elder in the Central Texas Conference. He served churches throughout Central Texas including ten years as pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Cisco.
In 1992 and 1993 he took a leave of absence and was employed as Crusade Coordinator for the Greater Fort Worth Luis Palau Crusade. He then went on to work for Promise Keepers as Conference Director for the first Men’s Conference in Texas on June 11, 1994, in Denton at the University of North Texas.
From 1988-1992 Rev. Turner served as Chaplain for the Fort Worth Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He currently serves as an associate chaplain at DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy joining the Chaplaincy in December of 2011 while serving as Senior Pastor of the FUMC, Euless. He currently serves on Friday morning in Terminal D with visits to Terminal E and Corporate Aviation and conducts a 15 minute Prayer Service. He works closely with the American Airlines Honor Team in providing a dignified transfer to fallen military of all branches.
Rev. Turner was appointed transitional intentional interim pastor by Bishop Mike McKee in June. He has previously served as interim senior pastor at Western Hills UMC in El Paso and First UMC of Corsicana. He took retired status in Central Texas in 2012 after serving six years as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Euless.
Gary enjoys sports and spending time with his family. He also enjoys flying and is a licensed pilot.