Official AnnouncementTuesday, January 16, 2017
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church & World Outreach Ministries and the Liberty International Network are in a season of transition. We regret to announce that our Founder and Chief Apostle, Clifford E. Turner, Ph.D. has made his transition to Glory at the age of 67 and is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.Apostle Turner was a general and pioneer in the Kingdom and fervently served in ministry for over 40 years planting churches across America and the world. The Turner family asks for your prayers, support, and respect for their privacy during this difficult time. Our hearts are heavy, but we shall rejoice that Apostle Turner is living again in his new heavenly home. Further details and announcements will be forthcoming.About Apostle Clifford E. Turner, Ph.D.Apostle Dr. Clifford E. Turner was a man of God and Chief Apostle for the nations, who preached a bold and convicting Gospel, and served God with the spirit of excellence. Gifted and anointed as preacher, teacher, prophet, and Kingdom leader, Apostle Turner trained, equipped, and imparted to God’s people for their edification, exhortation, and comfort. God raised him up as a minister of reconciliation, healing, and deliverance - tearing down religious barriers and building the lives of people throughout the world for over 40 years.In 1982, the Holy Spirit led Apostle Turner to establish a bible-believing, bible-teaching church.
Known for hearing and obeying God, on March 14, 1982, the doors of Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church and World Outreach Ministries on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, where Apostle Turner was also born and raised. Once he embraced full-time ministry as a pastor, he became the trailblazer of an apostolic movement in which the City of Chicago had not seen. Despite ridicule, opposition, and religious backlash, Apostle Turner dared to continue to obey God and became one of the first to introduce innovative ministry concepts, such as, husband and wife team ministry, prophetic dance, drama ministry presentations, and much more.Apostle Turner helped build the foundation of true Outreach Ministry throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area and in the cities where the seven other Liberty Temples are housed, always reaching out to the underprivileged, homeless, and helpless, stretching way beyond the comfort of our churches’ four walls. It was in honor of the memory of Denise M. Turner – our former co-pastor and Apostle Turner’s first wife, now deceased. In an effort to continue to assist the hurting, hungry and homeless, Apostle Turner established the Denise M. Turner Foundation, in honor of his late wife, who devoted her life to philanthropy and providing assistance to the needy. Through this ministry, Apostle and his family donate Christmas toys to Soul House, headed by his sister Kathleen Turner-Hall.Apostle and his current wife, Elect-Lady Darlyn Turner established the Liberty International Network (LIN) in 1999. LIN is a conglomerate of Apostolic/Prophetic churches with a mandate from God to equip and perfect the saints. He planted churches throughout the United States of America and abroad. Because of his obedience to God, Liberty Temple has a presence in Chicago, IL; Waukegan, IL; San Diego, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia (West), PA; Bolingbrook, IL; Zion, IL; and Philadelphia (East), PA.Under LIN, Apostle Turner oversaw several covenant churches, located throughout the United States. Internationally, Apostle Turner pioneered over 40 churches in some of the world’s most needy countries, including India, Pakistan, Jamaica, Liberia, China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. In India, Apostle Turner established the Deleia Turner Orphanage, in honor of his late mother. Apostle Turner established OPERATION P.R.E.A.C.H., to mentor pastors. This has now evolved into Apostolic Team Ministries.In 2002, Apostle Turner launched Clifford E. Turner Ministries (CETM) – that is specifically dedicated to the continuance of the apostolic mandate and kingdom building charge placed on Apostle Turner’s life to “set the captives free.” Spiritual Sons and Daughters alliances were formed under CETM to mentor men and women of God in their giftings and callings. In 2011, Apostle Turner graduated over 100 Spiritual Sons and Daughters. Out of these alliances have come ministers who are currently serving as LIN’s apostles, pastors, and elders. As an avid film producer, director and writer, Apostle Turner founded HOLYWOOD Studios Christian Media Company. Liberty Temple is known worldwide due to Apostle Turner’s most accomplished drama: the television miniseries, The Awakening, in the area of drama. His most accomplished work, The Awakening began as a short film and developed into the longest running Christian miniseries, receiving the Midwest Television Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for an Entertainment Program Series and four Angel Awards. This series continues to be seen across America and around the world. A documentary is scheduled to air in Spring 2018, entitled “The Making of the Awakening” hosted by Roland Martin.In addition to film, Apostle Turner’s writing expanded to books. His first book entitled Recovery, has helped thousands deal with turbulent events in their lives, bringing healing to their emotions. Both the first and second editions of Apostle Turner’s book, The Ministry and the Myth of the First Lady, have reached national acclaim. Interviews from WTGL-TV 45/52 and DayStar TV about The Ministry and the Myth of the First Lady can be viewed on the Cedar Life Publishing company’s website (www.cedarlifepublishing.com). An additional book that Apostle Turner has published is Apostolic Declarations for Life, Purpose, and Destiny.Liberty Temple and LIN are grateful for using Apostle Turner as a Kingdom Builder throughout the earth.Apostle Turner was a devoted husband and father until his passing. He is survived by his wife, Elect-Lady Darlyn C. Turner; their nine children—Deleia, Christy (Tim), Denise (Irvin, Jr.), Victoria, Danaya, Jennifer (Brian), Clifford, Jr., Jonathan, and Darry; and four grandchildren (Jordyn Elyse, Irvin III, Luke, and Harper).