Lead Church Planter
Will and Kayla Turner
In July of 2014 Will and his family moved to the KC area and joined The Avenue. Previously Will had been involved in serving at a church plant in Bolivar, Missouri and then a youth pastor for two and a half years in his hometown of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Will became the Director of Gospel Communities at the Avenue (and was recognized as a Pastor/Elder in early 2016), and currently leads this important ministry. He does not just oversee Gospel Communities, but he has started them, led them to be missionary families and launched new Gospel Communities from them. Gospel Communities have grown and multiplied under his leadership. Over time the Lord began to lay a burden on he and Kayla’s heart not just for planting more Gospel Communities, but planting churches as well.
While God had given the Turners a heart for planting, they were still unsure of where He was leading them to plant a church. The Lord faithfully answered through a season of prayer, strategic planning, and an overwhelming spiritual pull and desire for Blue Springs, Missouri. The Avenue had already been developing and planting new Gospel Communities in Blue Springs and the pieces fell together as a beautiful picture of God’s sovereignty. The Turners (Will, Kayla, William, and Sam) are moving forward with the vision of The Avenue Blue Springs and are ready to see what awesome work the Lord has in store for them.
The Avenue elders share the Turner’s passion, excitement, and calling for a Blue Springs congregation and will support, care for, help establish, and lead this plant. As a seasoned planter, pastor and our directional leader for both Independence and Blue Springs, Pastor Orion will also spend significant time and energy with Will as he leads out in Blue Springs.
Will went through a rigourous assessment process and is an Acts 29 Network assessed candidate planter. Will received a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University and is currently studying for his Masters of Divinity at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City. He has a proven track record of discipling others, raising up leaders, and providing wise organizational leadership.
What is so exciting about this church plant is that it will be relatively close to The Avenue, Independence. We believe this will make a shared eldership viable, sharing other resources possible, allow continued connection for people at both gatherings, and yet provide the Blue Springs congregation the ability to engage their city well.