Robert Turner, director of BRN Next, the collegiate ministry of the Baptist Resource Network since 1992, has served as a North American Mission Board collegiate missionary since 1998. In these roles, he has served as a NAMB Supervision Level I and II Trainer and since 2007, as an Emerging Regions Collegiate Consultant in a LifeWay contract position. Robert holds a master of divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and previously served three churches as minister of youth and as a director of the Baptist Student Union, Southern Arkansas University.
What are the benefits you hope our churches will receive as a result of your work/role at the BRN?
Churches would be better equipped to reach the next generation of students and post-adolescent young adults
Our graduates would provide a leadership pipeline for our churches so desperately in need of mature, committed, gospel-centered leaders for the future
Such an inflow of students and graduates would provide new flows of spiritual energy and life into our churches.
A Few Fun Facts about Robert
Robert, a rabid self-directed learner and insanely curious human being, is passionate about learning/experiencing new things. Always hoping to be a better human being tomorrow than he is today, he loves seeing new life come out of death, the broken become whole, the old become new. He is motivated any time he sees the church embrace the Mission of God over institutional stability/enhancement and by facilitating the success of others.
Robert’s heroes all tend to be local people he knows rather than famous people or celebrities. These include Stan Smith, Johnny Pons, and Tom Logue, all completely different people, but people who were/have been consistent over a lifetime of service/ministry, and who got better, not bitter, as they grew older. They are people who took time to invest in others over their own personal pursuits and grew in wisdom and influence over time.
Robert enjoys reading good books and watching teaching videos and doing anything that involves creative pursuit (seeing something first in the mind, then making it become reality). He also loves gardening, landscaping, home improvement, and building things in his shop. He especially loves photography! “I love to travel to new places and take lots and lots of photos to enjoy and share with others when I return home,” he said.
Robert’s hashtags, which he interprets as his epitaph, is “He was a good friend, he left the world a better place than when he found it, and he represented Jesus well.”