Our Pastor


Dr. Gregory C. Turner is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Stuart C. and Evetta B. Turner and is married to Denyse Haynes-Turner. To this marriage, God blessed Dr. and Mrs. Turner with two lovely children, daughter, Shaunda Carlise and son Sean Darnell-Carlton, daughter-in-law, Judia Nicole and grandchildren, Dominique Sharae Teree Turner and Sean Jordan-Carlton Turner.

At an early age, he was converted and received Christ as his Personal Saviour under the Pastorate of his father, Dr. Stuart C. Turner. In 1974 he was licensed to preach and was ordained in 1975.

Dr. Turner is a refined, finished product of the Baltimore City Public Schools. He matriculated through the maze of academic and scholastic achievement at the following institutions: Baltimore City College, Baltimore School of the Bible, Wilbur Waters School of Religion, The Virginia Seminary Extension School, and National Theological Seminary and College.

Always recognizing that ninety-nine and one-half won’t do, he seeks to reach one hundred, seeking to maximize the fullness of his potential. That which God has manifested in him has assisted him in obtaining the following: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion, Master of Divinity Degree, and Doctor of Divinity (Honorary).

Through his commitment to improve the quality of life for all mankind, Dr. Turner has been involved as a church and community leader, and a civil rights activist. Following an election of the Shiloh Baptist Association, Dr. Turner was recently unanimously elected as its Moderator. The Shiloh Baptist Association oversees 40+ churches in northern NJ. He has received numerous civic awards for his accomplishments and is affiliated with several organizations. He has served the Paterson N.A.A.C.P. as an Executive Board Member, The Shiloh Baptist Association as General Secretary, Treasurer for the Congress of National Black Churches Paterson New Jersey Affiliate, The African American Political Action Committee as Convener and Chairperson, Hampton University Ministers Conference Executive Board, and The Association For Sickle Cell Services Education Research and Treatment Executive Board. Current affiliations include The Paterson Pastors Workshop, Chaplain for the African American Law Enforcement Association, Chaplain for the City of Paterson Fire Department, Chairperson and Executive Board Member for the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime and Drugs, Baptist Ministers Conference Newark and Vicinity, Metropolitan Ecumenical Ministries, National Council of Churches, New Jersey Council of Churches, a participating Pastor of the National Baptist Convention, USA ., Inc. and Executive Board Member for the Hampton University Ministers Conference. Dr. Turner has served as guest lecturer at various institutions of higher education including the Passaic County Community College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, New Jersey.

Under the leadership of Dr. Turner, Christ Temple has been successful with the development of outreach ministries. These ministries extend the work beyond the church out into the community. Dr. Turner has inspired his church to minister to the spiritual as well as physical needs of the unchurched. His future plans and goals are to expand the ministry of Christ Temple to serve the citizens of Paterson and surrounding areas in a greater way.