Meet Our Pastors
Pastor TJ Shockley is founder and Senior Pastor of Turning Point Christian Center.
Pastor TJ grew up in western South Dakota, and knew at an early age that there was a call on his life to preach the Word of God. It was while driving a tractor in a dusty field one day somewhere around the age of 12, that he preached his first sermon. There was no congregation, no pulpit, there was no microphone or speakers, but there was an anointing, and a passion to help people.
As the tears streamed down his cheeks that day in the cab of that tractor, it was evident to him as a young boy that God had placed a call on his life to preach the Gospel. Looking back, it is now evident that that day was a turning point in his life. It would be several years later before that young man would accept the call to preach and actually enter into full time ministry.
Pastor TJ attended National Business College in Rapid City, SD for one year before transferring to Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND. Taking business classes at TBC, Pastor had planned on going into business, but God had other plans. After taking two years of classes at TBC, he moved to the Twin Cities to begin working in the retail world. It wasn’t long after that that he accepted the call of the Lord on his life and went into the ministry.
Now, many years later, Pastor TJ is leading others to turning points in their lives by preaching and teaching the Word of God in a relevant manner that can be applied to everyday life. Ultimately, it is Pastor’s desire to bring people to the greatest turning point of all, and that is accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
In the fall of 2012, Pastor TJ and family moved back to South Dakota to launch a brand new Turning Point in Lemmon, SD. The new church plant in Lemmon held their first service on Sunday, September 9, 2012!