Providing A Hand Up To Home Ownership
Who We Are
Like many faith-based non-profits, the mission of Turning Point Ministries is two-fold.
- We desire for all people to know and believe this truth: that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him. Christ desires for us to demonstrate His love to others by helping when there is a need.
- The founders of Turning Point Ministries realized there was a need for affordable housing here in Edmond. We help modest income families who work and serve in our community be able to live here as well.
Turning Point Ministries was founded in 2008 to help modest income families become homeowners. The seeds for Turning Point were planted in the early 90’s when a group of members from First Presbyterian Church of Edmond raised money and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Oklahoma City. As they continued to serve Oklahoma City residents, additional Edmond churches joined them. Many of those involved wanted to continue to help provide affordable housing, but they saw a need in Edmond. They built 5 houses with the help of Habitat for Humanity, and then began Turning Point Ministries in 2008 to serve modest income families here in Edmond. Bob Turner, Dick Freeman and John Gruel were founding members of Turning Point Ministries. Our first neighborhood was Legacy Station near downtown Edmond. Currently we are building in our newest neighborhood, Heritage Village, where we have completed about 75% of the thirty-five homes. As you will hear in the video below, original plans for the neighborhood were for thirty-seven, but that has since been revised.
Home ownership is a big responsibility. We mentor our clients through the process, so they are well prepared when their home is complete and it is time to make the down payment and assume the mortgage. Their home buying journey begins with an application. Qualifying candidates must have a willingness to work through our process which includes: contributing sweat equity on the construction site, maintaining a relationship with a Turning Point mentor, and attending home buying and personal finance classes. Additionally, they commit to make a positive contribution to the safe and drug-free community.
Board of Directors
A board member since 2017, Jenny and her husband Rodney have son and a daughter and attend First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.
Steve and his wife Kim have three sons and are members of the First United Methodist Church of Edmond. Steve has served on the board of Turning Point since 2017.
Shelby joined the Turning Point board in 2020. She and her husband, Jacob have two young sons and attend Life Church.
Kari and her husband Mark have two adult kids, a son and daughter and are members of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. Kari has served on the board of Turning Point since 2013.
Ainslee and her husband have two sons and a daughter. She and her husband are the 4th generation of her family company, Pella of Oklahoma/the Womble Co, which is entering its 100th year in business in 2022.
Turning Point Senior Board members are former Board members who attend board meetings in a non-voting, advisory role.