Adopted from the Missouri Baptist Children's Home in St. Louis, Eric Turner is a Hannibal native who recently joined the faculty at HLGU. Before accepting the position as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek in 2014, Eric served as Interim Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Braymer, MO and College/Singles Pastor at Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, KS.
Dr. Turner currently holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies – New Testament Emphasis from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. His dissertation research focused on identifying and interpreting linguistic metaphor in Second Corinthians. The ultimate goal of the research was to show that a modern linguistic model for English metaphor can be applied to the Greek New Testament with profitable outcomes for the interpretation of historically difficult passages.
Outside the classroom, Dr. Turner can be found running, playing guitar, or traveling. He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 21 years and together they have four children. He and his family are avid St. Louis Cardinals fans.