EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Rev.  WILLIAM J. TURNER

Executive Pastor

Reverend William Turner is a native of Vineland, New Jersey. The youngest of nine
children, his parents and older siblings invested early in his spiritual growth and taught
him about God. His father took him to church every Sunday in Glassboro, New Jersey,
and young William used this foundation and continued to build his personal relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Reverend Turner received his Bachelor of Science from the Richard Stockton College
of New Jersey and it was on this campus that he began his very first ministry. Always
passionate about ministry and education, Reverend Turner became a teacher shortly
after graduation and used his career as a platform to minister to young black males.
He later received his Master of Special Education from Wilmington University and
continued to further his studies in the word of God. He formally accepted the call to
ministry in 2001, and became an Associate Minister at the Union Baptist Temple (UBT)
under the leadership of Reverend Albert L. Morgan, in 2002, where he remains active
in ministry today. During his tenure at UBT, Reverend Turner has taught weekly Bible
study and Boot Camp lessons, preached once a month at various prisons in south
Jersey, led the youth ministry as Youth Minister, planned and implemented a variety of
activities and service projects, participated in weekly ministerial leadership classes,
served on the Marriage Ministry, and preached during Wednesday night and Sunday
morning services as assigned or requested. He completed his studies under the
Bethany Baptist Association and became an ordained minister in October 2020. Effective January 2022, Reverend Turner was appointed to the office of Executive Pastor of the Union Baptist Temple.

Outside of the church walls, Reverend Turner also serves as the Youth Director for the
New England Missionary Baptist Convention and is a member of the Vineland
African-American Community Development Corporation. He has been in education
for over twenty years, spending most of his career in the classroom. Now in his fourth
year in school administration, he currently serves as Vice Principal at the F.W. Holbein
Middle School in Mt. Holly, NJ. Ever the sports fan, Reverend Turner enjoys playing all
sports, but has a special love for basketball. He was recently inducted into Stockton
University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor dear to his heart. When not at work or
playing sports, Reverend Turner enjoys family time with his beautiful wife of close to a decade, Gerri, and their two amazing children, daughter Whitley Grace, and son William Gabriel.

Life’s Verse: Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.