Mars Hill RICO: Dismissed, What’s Next?

Mars Hill RICO: Dismissed, What’s Next? Since 2014, former members of Mars Hill Church threatened to and then filed a civil RICO litigation against me. I was never served with the lawsuit.  Although the plaintiffs filed a 42-page public complaint, … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Judge’s Ruling

Mars Hill RICO: Judge’s Ruling (This ruling was delivered to me from Judge James L. Robart on August 25, 2016)   UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE I. INTRODUCTION Before the court are Defendants John Sutton … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Hail Mary Failed – Plaintiffs Agree to Dismiss

Mars Hill RICO: Hail Mary Failed – Plaintiffs Agree to Dismiss I am very thankful that this civil RICO litigation will soon be over as the Plaintiffs have asked the court to dismiss the case since they failed to serve … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: My Correspondence with Plaintiffs

Mars Hill RICO: My Correspondence with Plaintiffs On February 29th, 2015, I was named in a Civil RICO lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea.  The Plaintiffs filed a 42-page complaint containing false accusations … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: My Letter to the Plaintiffs

Mars Hill RICO: My Letter to the Plaintiffs (This letter was sent to the plaintiffs on March 6, 2016) Dear Brian and Connie Jacobson, and Ryan and Arica Kildea, I saw the lawsuit posted online this Monday, but I have … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Requesting Service in Seattle

Mars Hill RICO: Requesting Service in Seattle On April 7th, 2016, my attorney requested to receive service of the lawsuit at his office in Seattle via email and on April 11th in writing. We never heard a response from Brian … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Never Served

Mars Hill RICO: Never Served Yesterday, my attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case that was pending against me. Even though the Jacobsens and Kildeas (Plaintiffs) and Brian Fahling (Plaintiff’s attorney) filed a 42-page document with the court and … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: My Declarations

Civil RICO Lawsuit – My Declarations UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE I, JOHN SUTTON TURNER, declare as follows: I am over the age of eighteen years and I am competent to testify to the matters … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: My Response to the Court

Civil RICO Lawsuit – My Response to the Court UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE   I. RELIEF REQUESTED Defendant John Sutton Turner requests an order dismissing all of Plaintiffs’ claims against him for failure to … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Grieved and Saddened

Civil RICO: Grieved and Saddened I am deeply grieved and saddened along with my friends and former members of Mars Hill at the closing of our church. It was a ministry that grew me into a more godly man, husband, … Read More

Church Governance: Local Elders or Outside Board?

Church Governance: Local Elders or Outside Board? ResultSource Part 3 In my first months on staff at Mars Hill Church, the ResultSource contract was approved even though I had advised my direct supervisor against it. I don’t know who approved … Read More

Good Decisions Made by the Right People

Good Decisions Made by the Right People ResultSource Part 2 Your church or organization needs the right people in place to make the big, difficult, culture-shifting, church-altering decisions. The Bible details the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 … Read More

How to Follow When You Disagree

How to Follow When You Disagree ResultSource Part 1 Mars Hill Church closed on December 31, 2014 and by the grace of God, several new, independent churches were planted out of it. Romans 8:28 is clear that God uses everything … Read More