Our Story

How it all started...

On September 2, 1996, the Holy Spirit spoke to Rev. Harvey, Sr. about organizing a church.  With much prayer and labor, on Sunday, September 29, 1996 at 4:00p.m., a body of Christians came together at the Antioch Baptist Church, 6222 Manor Road, for a worship service and an organizational period.  The name of the church was designated “Turning Point Bible Fellowship”.  Rev. Carl E. Harvey, Sr. preached a sermon.  Rev. W.R. Jasper, Pastor of Antioch, moderated the organizational period.  Seventeen members stood to become the Church’s Charter Members and Rev. Carl Harvey, Sr. was received as pastor.  Rev. Harvey then presented a recommendation of two officers, Deacon Ellis Evans and Deacon Joe Warren.  Rev. Carl Harvey, Jr. was appointed as Youth Pastor.

It was announced that the worship services would be held at Reagan High School in the Conference Center and Bible Study each Wednesday evening a 7:00 p.m.  The first Bible Study and business meeting was held on Wednesday, October 2, 1996 and the first worship service was held on Sunday, October 6, 1996.

Within a couple of months the members doubled and have continued to increase as the Lord adds to the church.  In the first year, the Youth Ministry, the Marriage Ministry, the Men’s Ministry, the Women’s Ministry, Church Orientation, Discipleship and Evangelism Training were organized.

Under the leadership of Rev. Carl Harvey, Sr., five Associate Ministers united to help fulfill the vision of “Turning People Toward God”.  Joining Rev. Harvey, Jr. were Rev. L. Curry, Rev. Vennie Davis, Rev. Marion Maxwell, and Rev. Donald Parish. Later, Rev. Derrick Hatcher joined the staff and membership.  Deacon Kenneth Williams joined the staff in 1998.

Growing up ...

On October 6, 1999, Turning Point moved its worship services to 5801 Westminster Drive, owned by Genesis Presbyterian Church.  A year later, on October 8, 2000, services were moved to their current location at Barbara Jordan Elementary School Cafeteria.  In 2002,  the Lord added two more Associate Ministers, Rev. Donald Gooden and Rev. James Hernandez, and Turning Point Ordained Deacon James Caldwell, Deacon Larry Scales and Deacon John Shorter.  In November 2003, Sheldon Thompson and Isiah Caldwell acknowledged their calling to preach and preached their first sermons in Jan. 2004.

Where we are headed...

Since 2017, we've adjusted our focus to helping make right the family. So, we've incorporated 7 biblical practices to help people mature and model to facilitate making right families--from God's perspective as recorded in the scriptures.

As a result, we've prioritized mentoring (AKA discipleship), outreach (AKA evangelism), gift-driven service (AKA spiritual gifts), character-driven impact (AKA the fruit of the Spirit), worship to God, love for all, and community (aka fellowship).

Lets do it together ... making better families so we can also have better communities.