leadership

Kempton Turner

Kempton Turner

Pastor

Kempton Turner was born spiritually dead in his sins. He lived a wild life on his way to hell. But God, at the age of 19, made him spiritually alive through the powerful gospel of Jesus Christ and won his love forever! He was raised in East St. Louis, IL, but spent much of his life in Houston, Texas. After being a youth pastor in Houston and Minneapolis, MN, God called his family back to his hometown to preach the gospel and start City of Joy Fellowship.

Kempton is in crazy love with Caryn, his childhood sweetheart, and the Lord has blessed them with five beautiful children: Christian, Carysse, Kalia, Caleb and Kellan.

Mark Goins

Mark Goins

Worship Leader

As the son of a pastor, Mark grew up in and around church life and ministry. Although Mark sensed God’s call to follow Jesus at an early age, that didn’t prevent him from living a life contrary to his upbringing. Mark’s high school and early college years were marked by sinful behavior, but that would soon change.

During his freshman year in college, God used a minister’s powerful words to bring Mark to a place of genuine repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. After graduating college, Mark met his wonderful wife Marqueta. They both share a love for music and ministry and have been singing together for eight years. They have five children: Macey, Mark Jr. , Mabry, Mayla and Mayah. Mark endeavors to lead people to Jesus by sharing the gospel, loving his family, serving the church and living a life of integrity.

Zach Chike

Zach Chike

Youth Director

Zach studied Public Relations/Communications at Indiana State University where he also received a scholarship to play football. This is where Zach’s life began to take a turn. Sin began to take it’s course but God had other plans. He was not only pursued by God but now is a faithful servant even to this day. In 2016, God led Zach and his family to relocated to East St. Louis, IL. He and his wife Jennifer both lead the youth group NextUP and are making a huge impact in the community of East St. Louis. They have two children: Kendrick and Cameron who they are raising to fear and reverence the Lord God.