A Q&A with Pastor Harvey Turner

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Harvey is the Founding and Preaching Pastor of Living Stones Churches. 

Q: What’s your family like?

I've been married to Rachael 13 years. We have three kids - Tyler, Selah, and Scarlett.  Rachael and I like to travel and are both foodies. My son Tyler is 17, goes to Reno High School, and is involved at the Living Stones Reno youth group. My daughter Selah is in first grade and is in the Spanish & English program at Mt.Rose School, and wants to start a fashion house in Paris when she grows up. My daughter Scarlett is in pre-school and changes her clothes at least 6 or 7 times a day.  She is also into fashion

Q: Favorite book of the Bible?

Galatians. I love Galatians because it clarifies the Gospel.  Much of the book is spent on clarifying what the Gospel is and is not. The Apostle Paul is passionate, explosive and offensive - I like that. He's not the nice religious clean cut guy you would expect. He also explains how the Gospel is far more radical than you would expect.

Q: If you could recommend one non-Bible book for others to read, what would it be?

I wish I could get everyone to read Luther's commentary on Galatians. it's actually quite pastoral and accessible even though it's 500 years old. I think I have read it no less than seven times.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be several different things over several different stages of growing up. I wanted to play Major League Baseball, I wanted to be a sportscaster, and I wanted to be a hip hop artist.

Q: Any hobbies?

I follow several sports. I'm a Dodger fan, 49er fan, Laker fan, and a University of Nevada fan. I also like World Cup soccer. I like to get out and golf as much as my schedule will allow. I also enjoy films and music.

Q: What's the best part about being a dad who is a pastor?

It's an honor to be a dad, and to be a pastor. It is also an honor to be my kid's pastor as well as their dad. It presents some challenges, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Q: If you could grab a beer with one theologian, past or present, who would it be?

Martin Luther

Q: Would you pick up the tab?

I would make him pay.

Q: What's the hardest aspect of being the Founding and Preaching Pastor of Living Stones Churches?

The hardest aspect of my job is that with such a large church I can't be as close with all the people. I used to be close with everyone and know everyone and walk with everyone as they grew in Christ, but now I have to do that from a distance through the other leaders and pastors of the church. Sometimes I wish I could be more involved with everybody.

Q: What is your hope for Living Stones in this next year?

That we would grow in health. My hope for Living Stones is that the people would grow in their maturity and love Jesus much more a year from now than they do right now.