Dr. Charles G. Turkington - 2005 A Award Recipient

Dr. Charles G. Turkington, class of 1950, received the A Award in 2005. Dr. Turkington grew up in Wilmore, Kentucky where his father was a teacher and dean of Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Turkington graduated Asbury College with a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology. After graduation from Asbury College, he crossed the street and received his Master of Divinity and honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Dr. Turkington served five UM churches in the Kentucky Conference, and the Kentucky United Methodist Church as a district superintendent for the Lexington and Covington areas. During his tenure on the Lexington District, he gave leadership for the founding of two new churches, Christ Church and St. Luke. His ministry was characterized by evangelistic passion resulting in growth every year in every church.  He also served the UM churches by authoring seven series of an adult Sunday School literature.

In 1963, Dr. Turkington and his wife, Mary Kathryn King '49 Turkington, moved their four children to Winchester First UMC. During the eleven year pastorate unique ministries with interracial youth were initiated in the establishment of a Friday evening coffee house known as THE PLACE. As many as four hundred youth gathered weekly to share fun and hear Christian singing groups. Dr. Turkington’s involvement with the youth at Winchester started a ministry that continued thirty years and more after he and his family left. Dr. Turkington really left his mark at each church he served.

He also gave his service to Asbury on the Asbury College Alumni Board, and on the Asbury Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and he served as an adjunct professor of Preaching and UM Policy and Discipline at the Seminary.    

Dr. Turkington has participated in two exchange pastorates in England and in a five-week preaching mission to South America. He served as a member of the World Methodist Council, attending conferences in Nairobi, London, Honolulu, and Dublin. 

In 1994, the Turkingtons retired to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, where Dr. Turkington became chaplain of the Brook-Howell Home in Asheville, NC.  Brook-Howell Home is an all-care institution for retired missionaries and deaconesses of the UM church. The Turkingtons have four children and eight grandchildren. 


Other 2005 A Award Recipients

Mr. Joseph Luce ‘50
Dr. Alan Moulton ‘60