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Persevering with each other during difficult times
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You will never be the same
When connecting to one another and our Creator.
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On November 3rd, 2007 at a home in Rosedale, Sonshine Fellowship Church had its humble beginnings. Although we did not even have a name back then, what we did have was a small group of committed believers who were earnestly seeking to worship God, to grow deeper in our understanding of the Scriptures, and to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community.
After only three meetings in a home, God provided a church building for us to meet in through Flagship House of Prayer and Pastor Walt Anderson. Not only was the building fully furnished with everything a fledgling church could want or need, but we were embraced, supported and encouraged by the entire congregation of Flagship House of Prayer. They have truly exemplified the love of Christ and the spirit of unity that should exist between all local churches and we deeply appreciate their love and support.
Six weeks later on December 30, 2007, we were honored to have a guest Missionary speaker from India, Pastor Kiran Pagarey, who preached the Word of God and shared his testimony with us. He is now one of the Missionaries that we support. One week later, on January 6, 2008, we were honored to have Pastor Don Fortner, who would soon join us as Associate Pastor, preach the Word of God on the subject of Biblical leadership.
Less than three weeks later, all four founding leaders of Sonshine Fellowship Church traveled to Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to attend an Evangelism Explosion Leadership clinic from January 25th to January 30th. Three of us were there to be certified to teach, Pastor Terry was there to teach the clinic! Now, four of the leaders of Sonshine Fellowship Church have been certified to teach Evangelism Explosion at any church in the United States!
One month later on February 24, 2008, Sonshine Fellowship Church began its first official training semester of Evangelism Explosion. This was a joint effort between Sonshine Fellowship Church and Flagship House of Prayer, who share the same vision for spreading the Gospel to throughout our community.
Then on Monday, March 17, 2008, Sonshine Fellowship Church became recognized by the state of Maryland as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. This allowed us to begin planning for our opening service.
We quickly realized that there would not be enough room at Flagship House of Prayer for everyone we expected to attend our opening service, so we rented the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department’s hall for this special service. On May 4, 2008, we had almost 100 people attend our opening service, which led to our decision to continue renting the fire hall instead of returning to Flagship House of Prayer.
In August 2008, the fire hall informed us that we had to vacate the hall so they could set up their annual Christmas garden, and we discovered that the Holabird Hunting and Fishing club on Bayard Ave had been purchased and was being renovated into the Kimberly Farms Banquet Hall. We met with the owner and on September 7, 2008, we made the move to the banquet hall.
Kimberly Farms served us well as a worship center, but we were limited in our ability to pursue other ministries, such as an infant/toddlers ministry and a children’s church. We began actively searching for a permanent location we could purchase, so that we could pursue the ministries that the Lord had put in our hearts. After looking at several other properties throughout the year, we learned that the Dundalk Amish Furniture store was closing and the property was being sold.
On October 14, 2009, Sonshine Fellowship Church became the proud owner of the property at 7201 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk. We continue to expand the ministry of the church and we look expectantly into the future at the possibilities and opportunities that the Lord Jesus Christ will bring our way as He builds His church in Dundalk.
To God be the glory!
Reverend Terry and Debra Turbin
Terry and Debra were married in 1973. Debra came to saving faith in 1975 and Terry in 1977. When they married, Debra was an information operator for the C & P Telephone Company, while Terry was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union. Debra became a stay at home mom with the birth of their daughter, Jonald Marie, in 1976. Terry continued to work in the construction industry with the exception of one year when he worked for the B&O Railroad.
Terry’s interest in the building industry led him to Winter Haven, Florida, where he started a home construction business called Southern Builders. This business venture fell flat and he returned to Maryland feeling the call to ministry on his life. Returning to the church where he had been converted, while under the Leadership of the Reverend Jack Caldwell, the Calvary Baptist Church of Dundalk extended an invitation to serve as Visitation Pastor. It was Calvary Baptist church that ordained Terry in 1981, as well as Don Fortner, in 1981. Don is Terry’s father-in-law and was the associate pastor of Sonshine Fellowship Church for several years.
It was in 1981 that Terry and Debra had their second child, Terry Jr., which presented a financial challenge due to a salary cap and lack of health insurance. Since so many things were happening at this time, Terry chose to resign as visitation pastor to pursue a more aggressive path to provide for his growing family. The call he felt on his life was a very real call that just needed to be put on hold temporarily. As it turned out, Terry founded another company in the construction industry and called it Turbin Aluminum.
With the birth of another son, Jeremy in 1987, the founding of this company proved to be the means by which God allowed Terry to provide all that a growing family needed. Debra was able to be a stay at home mom for all of her children, which proved to be a tremendous blessing.
During the time of growing the family-owned business, Terry and Debra served at the Inverness Presbyterian Church of Dundalk for approximately 15 years. Debra served as the President of the Women in the Church (WIC) for one term, taught the ladies Bible study, and sang in the choir. Terry also served in the church as a teacher and was ordained as a ruling elder in 1997. He continued to serve in that capacity until the founding of Sonshine Fellowship Church in 2008.
Terry sensed a call back into the ministry and started to attend seminary classes at New Geneva Theological Seminary. As a graduate in Biblical studies, Terry decided to further his academic studies and graduated from Faith Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Literature. He now serves at Faith Theological Seminary as part of the adjunct faculty and teaches Evangelism.