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The Vestry and Search Committee are delighted to announce that

Rev. Joel L. Turmo

has accepted our call to serve as rector of St. Timothy Church.  Fr. Joel comes to us having completed a curacy at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Boca Raton, Florida, where, in addition to assisting the rector, he was Director of Youth Ministries.  Joel and his wife Melissa are native Michiganders and are looking forward to returning “home”.  They have two sons, David and Andrew, ages 10 and 8.  The family will be moving into the rectory as Joel assumes his new position at St. Tim’s on August 1.

As Director of Youth at St.Gregory, Joel’s focus was “to encourage youth and families on their Christian walk through a balanced program of worship experiences, religious education, spiritual and moral guidance, local service, mission trips, and social activities”.  In addition, Joel has taken an active role of service in his community, serving on local boards and being an active volunteer in initiatives such as the Toby Center for family reconciliation and Access Florida, a center to assist struggling people in connecting with available public services.  At St. Gregory’s Joel and his wife Melissa provide pastoral leadership for a monthly parenting group, as well as sharing duties as leaders of their sons’ Cub Scout Pack.

Joel has demonstrated a calling and dedication to ministry to all stages of life and conditions, especially those dealing with disabilities. His previous work experiences leading up to the call to the priesthood included working as a certified nurse’s aide which then led to his taking a degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University.  During his tenure in Appleton, WI working in that capacity, Joel and Melissa joined St. Thomas Episcopal Church and discerned that it was time for Joel to pursue his long held calling to enter ministry.  He attended seminary at Sewanee, the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN.

In describing his call to serve God and his fellow man, Joel shared the following:  I believe that God is currently calling me to continue this ministry of encouragement.  I also sense a calling to return to Michigan, which I call home.  My wife and I feel called to provide long-term servant leadership in a parish where both we and the parish sense God’s calling for us to work together for Christ’s kingdom.


Celebration of New Ministry of
Rev. Joel L. Turmo
Thursday, November 8, 2012
at 7:00 p.m.
The Very Rev. Gretchen Weller officiating
Reception to follow.

Click here for Invitation to Celebration of New Ministry

St. Timothy Episcopal Church
9800 East BC Avenue
Richland, Michigan 49083