Honorary Doctorate of Divinity - Chaplain Jim Turner


It's not every day that we are able to celebrate a noteworthy accomplishment of a peer; thus, this is a special privilege for me to scribe this post commemorating a dear colleague - Chaplain Jim Turner. I've known Jim since first meeting him at the 2015 CPCA ATS in Peterborough; many of you have known Jim much longer. Jim left an impression upon this new chaplain, and I knew he was someone reliable whom I could seek future counsel with for matters pertaining to police chaplaincy.


In May 2020, urgent prayer requests went out daily from Chaplain Bill Ashbee requesting prayer for Jim. His circumstances looked bleak for his survival, but I recall thinking God is not done with this man yet. Many chaplains across Canada prayed for Jim, and the Lord answered those prayers: "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" James 5:16. A couple months later, I spoke with Jim on the phone, and I rejoiced witnessing the goodness and faithfulness of God in this man's life.