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Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of 11, the Jeremiah family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio.
As Dr. Jeremiah was sensitive to God’s leading in his life, he followed in his father’s footsteps. In 1963, Dr. Jeremiah received a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville College. In that same year, Dr. Jeremiah married his college sweetheart, Donna Thompson who also was attending Cedarville College as a business major. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967. He complete additional graduate work at Grace University and was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree from Cedarville College in 1981.
In 1969, Dr. Jeremiah began Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and developed a Christian school grades K through 12. In the 12 years he served as pastor, Blackhawk Baptist Church grew from 7 families to 1300 members. He also launched The Bible Hour television program.
Dr. Jeremiah heeded God’s moving, and in 1981 he and his family moved to California where he became the senior pastor of the Scott Memorial Baptist Church, now the Shadow Mountain Community Church.
Shadow Mountain Community Church is one of the largest churches in San Diego County. It is also the home of San Diego Christian College and Christian Unified Schools which now has three campuses in San Diego County. From 1988 to 1998, Dr. Jeremiah served as the president of San Diego Christian College and in 1998 was named chancellor.
As Dr. Jeremiah began his ministry at Shadow Mountain, he felt God’s calling to continue the broadcast ministry he started in Fort Wayne. In 1982, Turning Point Ministries became a reality.
Today, the Turning Point 30 minute radio program is heard nationally and internationally on over 1800 stations and translator/satellators. In recognition of Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment to teaching the Word of God, he received the Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1999 from the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and in August 2002, received the Award of Merit from the Western Chapter of National Religious Broadcasters for Excellence in Broadcasting and Faithfulness in Service. He has served on the Board of Directors for the NRB since 1996.
In April 2000, Turning Point Television was launched and began nationwide programming. Currently, Turning Point Television is seen in all 50 states including Washington D.C. In October 2002, Turning Point Television began airing on the Trinity Broadcasting Network every Sunday morning. The thirty minute broadcast allowed the Word of God to be broadcasted in some 90 million homes in the United States and Europe each week. Turning Point Television is now carried on many other networks such as FamilyNet, Inspiration Network, DayStar, ION, and most recently METV.
Dr. Jeremiah is a sought after conference speaker for organizations around the country. He is a regular guest speaker at Moody Pastor Conference, Moody Alumni Week and Founder’s Week at Moody Bible Institute. He also speaks at Cedarville College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Billy Graham Training Center, Phil Waldrep’s Senior Adult Celebrations and numerous NFL, NBA and Baseball chapels.
Along with his speaking schedule around the country, Dr. Jeremiah also finds time to fulfill another passion in his life, writing. His books are always gripping and right to the point. Some of his books include, Escape the Coming Night, The Power of Encouragement, What the Bible Says About Angels, Prayer The Great Adventure which brought him The Gold Medallion Award in 1998, God In You, Gifts from God, Jesus Final Warning, A Bend in the Road and Slaying the Giants in Your Life, My Heart’s Desire which gave him another Gold Medallion Award in 2003, Sanctuary, his first daily devotional book, The Things that Matter, Life Wide Open, The Prayer Matrix, Searching for Heaven on Earth, a book that he co-authored with world renown artist, Thomas Kinkade, The Secret of the Light, a second devotional book, Turning Points, and his most recent major book, Captured by Grace, which put Dr. Jeremiah on the best sellers list for “USA Today” and “The Wall Street Journal.”
A dedicated family man, Dr. Jeremiah believes that without the support and encouragement of his wife, Donna, Turning Point would have never been brought into existence. He and Donna have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren.
Dr. Jeremiah’s commitment is to teaching the whole Word of God. His passion for people and his desire to reach the lost are evident in the way he communicates Bible truths and his ability to get right to the important issues. Dr. Jeremiah continues to be excited to see what God is going to do in broadcast ministry around the world through the ministries of Turning Point.