Rev. James C. Turner II

Senior  Pastor

James Turner II is a native of Nashville, TN who grew up in the Edgehill community. Rev. James Turner II's passion for faith, community, criminal justice reform, & youth success began with his parents Pastor James Turner Sr. & Donzetta Turner. His father pastored New Hope Baptist Church for 40 years until his death on May 27, 2013, and was the first African American Chaplain for the Davidson County Sheriffs' Department. His mother is a retired Metro Nashville Public School Secretary after 38 years.
James Turner II is a product of the Metro Public School system attending Eakin Elementary, Wright Middle School, & Glencliff High School. His zest for leadership began in high school, where he served as Sophomore Class Vice President & Student Body President his senior year. It continued in college as President of the National Midwest Baptist Youth Conference and Youth President of the Nashville City District Association.
His passion for youth elevated as he served as a Probation Officer of Juvenile Court of Davidson County for four years, changing the lives of our city's first-time offenders and unruly docket. When youth violence was on the rise in Nashville, he worked with the Oasis Youth Center, Woodland Hills, Nashville Prevention Partnership, and Franktown Open Hearts mentoring young men towards success through gang prevention & gun violence programming. One noted highlight is when he wrote a grant, founded the R.E.A.L. Program at Oasis Youth Center, and was the first in Tennessee to be awarded a state grant of $150,000. The program served juvenile delinquents involved in gangs and with gun charges toward success and prevented them from re-offending through intense weekly group mentoring. Through his continued efforts in Gang Awareness, he was featured in articles in the Tennessean, hosted the city's first Youth Violence & Gang Prevention Summit & committee member of the Meharry Medical College & Johns Hopkins University  Center of Youth Violence.
James Turner II is a graduate of Tennessee State University (B.S. Business Administration) & I.T.C., Morehouse School of Religion (Master of Divinity). James Turner is currently the fifth (5th) Pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He has one son, James Turner III and two brothers who are also pastors, Dr. Charles Turner (New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church-Houston, TX) & Dr. J. Lawrence Turner (Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church-Memphis, TN). James Turner is the immediate past President of the Civil Rights Organization, Interdenominational Minister's Fellowship (I.M.F.) serving from 2017-2019. He is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated Murfreesboro Alumni Chapter.