The Most Faith-Filled Women I’ve Ever Met

Meet Aragesh: One of the Most Faith-Filled Women I’ve Ever Met Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This succinct definition of faith is right at the beginning of … Read More

Confessions of a Nagging Wife #TBT

Confessions of a Nagging Wife I was—and even now can be—a nagging wife.  “A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one’s … Read More

Ethiopia | Looking Back and Looking Ahead #TBT

Ethiopia | Looking Back and Looking Ahead #TBT It has been over four years since I had the privilege of leading a team of pastors on a short-term mission trip to Ethiopia. A lot has changed over the last years, but by … Read More

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

Sons & Daughters – No Longer an Orphan

Sons & Daughters – No Longer an Orphan Ephesians 1:5-6: “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons [and daughters] through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which … Read More

His News, Your Barriers

His News, Your Barriers While a member of Mars Hill Church, I was honored to serve on the team that wrote inductive studies in support of the sermon series. From 2011 to 2014, we wrote seven inductive studies; many are … Read More

Sponsor A Child

Sponsor A Child It is an honor to have the opportunity to support such a great organization, Compassion International. This video serves as a reminder of great need for your partnership with them all over the world, but specifically in Ethiopia. … 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

Our Amazing God: Mesfin’s Story

Our Amazing God: Mesfin’s Story I’m not usually a crier but there are certainly times that the my heart is unmistakably touched and irresistibly moved. This video is one of those times. You will be introduced to Mesfin in this … Read More

We are Family

We are Family “Throwback Thursdays” are quickly becoming one of my favorite social media trends. It allows me the chance to sift through older videos and be reminded of all that God has taught me through through the years, specifically … Read More

Meet Pastor Birhanu M.

Meet Pastor Birhanu M –Sutton Turner This is a series celebrating Jesus’ fruit-bearing through church planters in Ethiopia. In this series I will be featuring church planters in Ethiopia sent by New Covenant Foundation.

What is an Executive Pastor?

What is an Executive Pastor? Serve Jesus. Serve your church. Serve your lead pastor. This simple job description defines the role of the executive pastor. At Mars Hill, the executive pastor (XP) was the second hire we made for any … Read More