My Family: I am married to my high school sweetheart, Tina. We have two daughters, Alexandria (Alex) and Rebecca (Becca).
My Story: I was born and raised in Kootenai County, living most of my early years in Hayden. I graduated from Cd’A High School in 1983 after a semester at North Idaho College, I attended Whitworth College through the spring of 1986 as a ministry major. I became disheartened with the church and went back to North Idaho where I worked as a saw filer in the timber industry for the next 16 years. In 2000, I responded to the conviction in my heart for not being in fellowship and began the search to be a part of God’s church. We visited RLM in early 2001. I had no intentions of being part of such a large church (almost 1000 people at that time) and have been at Real Life ever since. Tina and I then took the 101 and 201 classes. I stated that I wanted no part of church leadership or public speaking. We then started by serving in guest ministries and soon were attending a home group, which we later started leading. In the fall of 2002 I was asked to join the Real Life Ministries staff as the Connections Pastor, then became a Community Pastor. In 2010, Tina and I were sent out with Richie and Katie Shaw to plant RLM Spokane. In the fall of 2013, God called us back to RLM Post Falls, where I currently serve as a Community Pastor in the West Region with Evan Meske.
Favorite Verse: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8.
These two verses are so powerful in revealing the grace, mercy and justice of a loving God. A God that knows us and created each of us to spend eternity with him.
Food: Fresh popped buttered popcorn with a cold glass of orange juice. This was the perennial favorite dessert/snack in the Turbin home.
Quote: I think that different quotes have had a greater impact on my life at different times. One that always plays in the back of my head is my mother saying, “always be above reproach.” This is probably why I’m such a people pleaser and desire to serve others.
Hobby: Watching movies; old ones and non-fiction like Band of Brothers, The Glenn Miller Story, etc.
Exercise: Hiking and swimming.
Smell: This one is a toss-up between fresh brewing coffee and a campfire.