BRENTWOOD — Former Southern Baptist missionary Chris Turner has been named director of communications for the Tennessee Baptist Convention, effective Feb. 19.
A native of Millington, Turner served as a staff writer with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for nearly a year before his appointment as an overseas correspondent in 1998. He and his wife, Michelle, were based in Panama City, Panama.
In 2003, Turner resigned from the IMB and became media relations manager for LifeWay Christian Resources, based in Nashville.
In 2009 Turner returned to the IMB to serve as an overseas correspondent for two years in London.
In 2011, Turner opened his own communications company, D. Chris Turner Communications, based in Brentwood.
Turner is skilled in media relations, crisis communications, media training, social media, writing/editing, strategic planning, and numerous other communications-related skills.
He has won numerous awards for his writing.
Turner earned his undergraduate degree in communications from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. He earned a master of arts degree with a major in communications from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He also earned a master of arts with a major in corporate communications from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.
Jimmy Draper, retired president of LifeWay, observed that Turner’s “experience on the mission field has given him a context for ministry that is extraordinary. He sees things not only from the local perspective, but also from a global perspective.”
TBC Executive Director Randy C. Davis noted that “after much prayer, a broad search, and a very thorough and extensive process, I have great peace that Chris will serve Tennessee Baptists well in this very strategic position.”
Davis cited Turner’s experience with both LifeWay and the IMB in addition to his own consulting business. “Chris is ready to work again with a Great Commission focused ministry and I am glad that ministry is the Tennessee Baptist Convention,” he said.
The Turners have a daughter, Madison. They are residents of Brentwood.