It is not every day that we are able to celebrate a remarkable achievement by a peer; Therefore, it is a special privilege for me to write this post in memory of a dear colleague – Chaplain Jim Turner. I have known Jim since first meeting him at the 2015 CPCA ATS in Peterborough; many of you have known Jim much longer. Jim left an impression on this new chaplain, and I knew he was a reliable person to whom I could seek future advice on police chaplain matters.
In May 2020 urgent prayer requests went out daily from Chaplain Bill Ashbee asking for prayers for Jim. His circumstances looked bleak for his survival, but I remember thinking that God is not done with this man yet. Many pastors across Canada prayed for Jim and the Lord answered these prayers: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” James 5:16. A few months later I spoke with Jim on the phone and was delighted to witness the goodness and faithfulness of God in this man’s life.
In October 2021, I shared a post congratulating Chaplain Jim Turner, who had just been named National Chaplain of the National Police Association. God wasn’t done with Jim.
A little over six months ago, I was contacted by a nominating committee indicating that they had entered into a process to award Jim an honorary Doctorate of Divinity through Northwest Seminary & College. I was one of many who had the privilege of writing a letter of reference and support to assist in the nomination process. I was asked not to inform Jim as this process was taking place without Jim’s knowledge. Months later, Jim called me to share the good news that he had been awarded the honor of a Doctorate of Divinity. I informed Jim that I was aware of the process and this was just another sign that God is not done with His son Jim on this earth.
On September 24, 2022, Chaplain Jim
Turner was honored at a ceremony at South Delta Baptist Church. MC Dr. Barton Priebe said the honorary degree is given to a person nominated to their senate who has made a significant contribution over a long period of time to members of their community doing Kingdom work. Jim Turner was nominated in the category of ministry, specifically pastoral ministry that cares for those in the police environment. Jim was honored through words shared by Professor Emeritus Dr. Herb Sturhahn (Jim’s Hebrew professor) and Deputy Commissioner Dwayne Mcdonald Commanding Officer of the RCMP “E” Division.
On behalf of the CPCA, congratulations to Chaplain Jim Turner on this well-deserved honor … or should I address you as Dr. Jim Turner? Thank you, Jim, for providing spiritual care to police officers for over 30 years. God is not done with you yet. We look forward to seeing you this month for the 2022 CPCA ATS.
ICPC Director Region 1