The Rev. Alison Joan Turner, Class of 2018, has been appointed to the position of Associate Priest for Children and Family Ministry at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City. Mother Turner has been on the staff of Saint Thomas Church in a part-time position as Director of Children and Family Ministry since the Summer of 2018. This appointment is a promotion to full-time and will include, alongside the regular liturgical responsibilities of a parish priest, specific responsibilities for pastoral care of young people and families as well as organizing and managing ministries for the children of the parish, including Sunday School and Nursery. She will also explore opportunities for building links with students and staff from other schools and colleges in our area.
Turner was born in southeast England and has always been committed to parish life, especially in the areas of education and catechesis, liturgy, and music. She has a bi-vocational ministry, as both a teacher and priest.
Her education was rooted in Roman Catholic and Anglican multicultural schools in East London. She studied for her first degree and teaching qualifications at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham (University of Surrey). She then received her MA in the area of Theology and Adult Education. Subsequently, she became a Head of School in two schools in Devon, the first in a rural setting and the most recent being Exeter Junior School, a large independent city school. In 2015, she joined her husband, Fr. Carl Turner, in New York.
Turner's ministerial formation was based in Cambridge, and she was ordained priest in the Diocese of Chelmsford, at Michaelmas 1998. Her most recent ministerial position in the UK was as Priest Vicar in Exeter Cathedral, where she had particular interest and oversight of the nurture and catechesis of children and young people at local and Diocesan level.
Mother Turner graduated with a Masters in Sacred Theology from General in 2018. Her focus of study was Children's ministry in the Episcopal Church. She completed further studies in Spiritual Direction in 2019.