On an absolutely beautiful day at the Churchill Country Club, the Second Baptist Church of Homestead, paid tribute to their pastor of 40 years, Rev. Donald Page Turner.

Second Baptist Church began as a soul saving station in 1904. After 67 years of service to the community they selected a young man with determination and a strong voice to become their new leader in 1971.

(Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)

Reverend Turner was born in Wellsburg, W.Va., one of 13 children of Benjamin and Annie Turner, he moved to Pittsburgh where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. He then served as a U.S. Army paratrooper. After serving his country, Turner graduated from the Pittsburgh Baptist Institute for Christian Service Seminary.

While serving as deacon at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Canonsburg, he received his call into the ministry. In 1966 he became Pastor of Mt. Olive for five years before he was called to Second Baptist Church in Homestead.

Under his leadership many have been called to become ministers of the gospel; a church newsletter was developed; the evangelism and outreach program was expanded; and a men’s fellowship began, which now has become the men’s chorus. In addition, he had a vision for a singles ministry, which also became a part of the Allegheny Union Baptist Association, the Body and Soul Ministry. Pastor Turner has always been active and involved as an individual and in the ministry. As a community leader he serves on the Sickle Cell Foundation Board and is a member of the Homestead Borough Council.

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