Meet Our Pastor


Rev. Rabon L. Turner is a native of Flint, Michigan. He received his early education in the same city and graduated from Flint Central High School in May of 1991. He went on to further his education at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work in 1995. While attending Wiley College Rev. Turner accepted his call into the gospel ministry and preached his initial sermon on April 18, 1993. Upon completion of his degree at Wiley College, Rev. Turner attended Oklahoma City University where he received a Master of Arts degree in Religion in December of 1999. Rev. Rabon Turner has completed post-graduate work at the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Theology degree from International Theological Seminary located in Bradenton, Florida. He was licensed as a minister in December of 1993 at the Guiding Light Baptist Church of Flint, Michigan. On January 19, 2003 he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at the Unity Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma under the direction of Rev. Dr. Eric A. Mayes, Jr., Pastor Turner served as supply pastor at BeeBe Chapel C.M.E. Church in Guthrie, Oklahoma and Ware Chapel C.M.E. Church in Earlsboro, Oklahoma until he received his calling to Pastor the First Baptist Church of Weleetka, Oklahoma. After his arrival the church experienced phenomenal growth in membership at which time the church operational budget doubled. Pastor Turner was called to Pastor the historic New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located in Evansville, Indiana after the retirement of Rev. Dr. W. R. Brown, Sr. Upon arrival, the church has doubled in attendance, giving and the Lord is truly blessing New Hope to be a powerful force in the community. Pastor Turner is a 33rd degree Mason and a member of Cawthar Temple No. 118 and a proud member of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. Pastor Turner has held numerous positions and most recently served as President of Pastor's Conference in the Southwest Creek Landmark District Association. Pastor Turner currently serves on the Mayor's Downtown Implementation Committee, Volunteers of America, Faith Based Initiative of the State of Indiana and President of the New Hope Community Development Corporation. Pastor is married to Florence "Mia" Johnson and the proud father of one daughter, Raylin Turner, and one son, Rabon Turner II. Pastor Turner is a blessed and grateful child of the King.

Our Beliefs

Our Ministries

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church offers ministries for all ages that will strive to educate, encourage, and evangelize.

Growth Groups is New Hope's latest ministry addition. These small groups study and have discussion about various religious books in the area of grief, forgiveness, relationships, being a Godly man, etc. Upon the completion of the book and group class we ask participants to give us feed back by evaluating the group experience in order to better serve future groups.

Children Ministries

Our mission is to share the love of Christ with each child so they can have personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior. We supplement and support parents as they lay the spiritual foundation for their children. We equip our teachers to educate and nurture children in the Christian life in a safe and fun church environment. We believe it is important to balance Biblical knowledge with life application.

Youth Ministries

Youth Ministries calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness -- pointing out the sacred in the midst of the chaos of adolescence and walking faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult. We are bridging ministry of education, connection, formation, and hopefully, transformation. Responding to the spiritual needs of teens is about building trusting relationships.

Adult Ministries

Adult Ministries exist to equip adults of all ages to "Think Like Jesus, Live Like Jesus." Many avenues are offered to connect adults to authentic relationships and growth in knowledge and application of God's Word. No matter where you are on God's path for your life, there's a place for you to connect and to learn to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ and walk in His victory.


In 2015, the 600 block of South Elliott was changed to Dr. W.R. Brown Sr. Way. Some search engines may still list New Hope's address as 663 South Elliott St.

Get in Touch

We are here to answer any questions you may have about the New Hope experiences. Reach out to us and we'll respond as soon as we can.

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
663 Dr. W.R. Brown Sr. Way
Evansville, IN 47713
(812) 425-3498
(812) 425-3652
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