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Turningpoint is a church in West Chester, Ohio. Our goal is to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28) and "Love God and Love People" (Matthew 22). We want to be a tangible expression of Godʼs love to those in our community.
Matthew Liddick: Lead Pastor
Pastor Matt joined the Turning Point family as the Senior Pastor in March 2018. His roles include teaching, preaching, pastoral care, leading the church to grow in relationship with Christ and reaching the community with the good news of Christ love for us!
Pastor Matt grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, received his Bachelors in Intercultural Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University, his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is currently working on his DMin in Transformational Preaching from Wesley Seminary. Pastor Matt is passionate about missions, outreach, worship, and helping support and grow healthy marriages in the church.
Pastor Matt enjoys spending time with his wife of 12 years and 3 young boys, all things Chicago sports, and golf.
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 5:8, Romans 12:1-2
Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, John Wesley and the Apostle Paul
Favorite Foods: Pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, P.F. Chang’s spicy chicken
Nick Dyson: Community Life Pastor
Nick Dyson came to Turningpoint in October of 2015, and then joined the staff as the Community Life Pastor in January of 2016. His role includes the oversight of the youth ministry, connections & communications, missions, and small groups. He grew up in the Loveland area, attended the University of Cincinnati for his Bachelors degree and then Biola University in California where he received his Masters degree in Intercultural Studies. Nick has over 10 years of employed youth ministry experience in a combination of Ohio and California, as well as having spent a year serving in the Southeast Asian country of Laos teaching English as a second language and sharing “the reason for the hope that we have” (1 Peter 3:15). Nick has seen the story of redemption weaved throughout his life many times, and thus has a passion to show young people redemption and relationally equip them through the adventure of discipleship to become redeemers around the world.
Nick enjoys skiing & snowboarding (which is WONDERFUL in the mountainous state of Ohio), camping, hiking, and most outdoor activities. He also runs a few times a week, but this is less because he enjoys it and more so that he doesn’t become morbidly obese.
Favorite Bible passages: Romans 12:1-2, Philippians 2:3-13, Romans 10:14-15, Luke 12:48, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 28:18-20, Genesis 12:1-3, Matthew 22:37-40
Favorite Authors: C.S. Lewis, Francis Chan, Donald Miller, Shane Claiborne, Ralph Winter, Chap Clark, Timothy Keller, John Eldredge, Claude Hickman, oh and did I mention C.S. Lewis?
Favorite Foods: Chipotle. Chick-fil-A. Reese’s Cups. Diet Mountain Dew. #sohealthy
Kelley Flaugher: Children’s Ministry Director
Kelley leads the Children’s Ministry team at Turningpoint Church and is thankful for a dedicated and inspiring group of teachers who impact lives for eternity. She enjoys singing, the theater and with her husband, watching their four boys have adventures and grow.
Favorite Bible verse: Galatians 2:20
Favorite Authors: Bodie and Brock Thoene, Reggie Joiner
Favorite Foods: P.F. Chang’s and meals cooked at home
Kathie Downey: Connections Ministry Coordinator
Kathie has called the West Chester community “home” since the early 70’s, where she and her husband raised their 3 children. She is a retired RN after 45 years of practice. Kathie has called Turning Point her church home since 2008. She is also a member of the Emmaus Community.
Kathie is passionate about having Christ shine through her while caring for people and animals. Over the years, she has taken in countless animals and a number of people into her home who needed not only a place to live but for some a second chance, as well as to learn what it is like to live in a safe, loving, caring, and Christ centered environment. Kathie enjoys watching/listening to sports especially her 2 grandson’s as well as the Buckeyes. She loves to garden, cook/bake, travel, camp, and fish.
Favorite Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Favorite Author: Max Lucado
Favorite Book: Before Amen
Favorite Movie: War Room
What We Believe
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. They are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although they have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God.
We believe in the one living and true God, both holy and loving, eternal, unlimited in power, wisdom, and goodness, the Creator and Preserver of all things. Within this unity there are three persons of one essential nature, power, and eternity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Salvation is a gift from God to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
About Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, truly God and truly man. He died on the cross and was buried, to be a sacrifice both for original sin and for all human transgressions, and to reconcile us to God. Christ rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and there intercedes for us at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge all humanity at the last day.
We are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s word to all people. Human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.