Church History

Turning Point Christian Center was originally started by Pastor TJ & Lisa Shockley in the year 2003 in Brooklyn Park, MN. It was a glorious beginning as the God led and confirmed each step of this new venture in ministry. After several years of productive ministry in Minnesota, in the year 2012, Pastor TJ & Lisa felt led to begin a new branch of Turning Point in Lemmon, South Dakota. Unfortunately, Turning Point in MN was closed shortly after the branch in South Dakota began.

The church in Lemmon began meeting in the local theater and saw steady growth as many individuals and families were drawn back to church after having been away from church in general for some time. There were some who came looking for a fresh start, and still others testified that they had been praying for a new opportunity for ministry in the Lemmon area. It was an exciting time as people were discovering that church can be both exciting and meaningful on a weekly basis. Many were experiencing the newness of a personal relationship with God in their lives, some for the very first time.

In January of 2015, Turning Point purchased a vacant church building at 214 2nd Ave West. While structurally sound, the entire building was in dire need of remodel. With several “work days” everyone pitched in and gutted the building in preparation for a new look.

Today, the entire building has been remodeled and updated with new electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, new siding and many other updates too numerous to mention.

While there are many projects still ongoing, the congregation has a beautiful technologically advanced church building in which to worship!

Since that initial service at the theatre in 2012, Turning Point has flourished in Lemmon and the surrounding community influencing countless people with the message of hope, love and generosity through in house services, a daily and weekly radio programs, social media outlets including livestreaming, and numerous outreach events each year.

With a rich history behind us, we look forward to many years of ministry ahead of us as we continue to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, loving God and loving people.