On Sunday June 12th we shared the following update from Pastor Paul Turner with the church family:  

Hello church family. I know it has been a while since I’ve seen many of you. I’ve missed you. And I’ve been so grateful to Pastor Josh and the board of elders for granting me this time away. But I have some difficult news to share with you. Over the past few months it has become clear to me that for the health of my family and my marriage, it is time for me to step away from my role on staff at Emmanuel. You need to know that when I first was granted this leave, I had every intention of returning. However, over the past couple of months Gods plan for me has come into focus and it is time to step away. These past 19 years at Emmanuel have been a gift that I will always cherish with fondness. It has been such a privilege to serve beside so many talented people and remarkable pastors and staff members. Please know that although I will no longer be on staff at Emmanuel, it is our desire, eventually, to continue to be part of the Emmanuel church community. We love this church. We love its mission and its vision. We love Pastor Josh and its leaders. And we are excited to see how God will continue to impact this city and beyond through the people of Emmanuel. 

Please continue to pray for me and my family as we begin a new chapter. Thank you so much for 19 wonderful years. We love you. 

We deeply love the Turner family and we are grateful for both Paul and Angela’s ministry at Emmanuel. We are committed to continuing to pray for them, and we encourage the church family to reach out and express your love to the Turners. We’re so glad to know that they are going to continue to be part of our church family, and we want to care for them well by respecting their privacy. While this is certainly difficult news, we trust the work of the Lord in their lives as well as His sovereign plan for our church.  

In the coming days we will begin to organize a process to decide how to fill the vital roles that Paul has played on the staff team. Please be in prayer for the staff and elders as we seek the Lord’s leading and guiding