Missouri native Kempton Turner and his wife, Caryn, have dedicated their lives to helping restore hope in East St. Louis, an area known for gangs, drugs, and staggeringly high murder rates. Their church plant, City of Joy Fellowship, focuses its ministry on the tough inner city where Kempton endured his own struggles growing up, including never knowing his biological mother.

EAST ST. LOUIS HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST MURDER RATES IN THE UNITED STATES.

City of Joy reaches out with Christ’s love. They help neighbors renovate homes, train youth, and participate in monthly outreach activities. Kempton says, “The first baptism at the church was my birth mother. Praise the Lord!”

With such amazing rejoicing already taking place, the church is indeed appropriately named. Through prayers, planning, and consistent efforts, the Turners are dedicated to expanding that same joy into every heart and life they touch.

East St. Louis, Illinois
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