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Mary Beth answered the call to ministry as a young adult, having been baptized and confirmed in her faith while growing up in the United Methodist Church. Her father was a United Methodist pastor in Kentucky and is a mentor to her. Her mother kept their home and has taught her to appreciate beauty and frugality. Charles and Mary K. Turkington now live at Lake Junaluska, NC.
At Emory & Henry College, Mary Beth met her husband, Bob, who, now in retirement from ministry, has been using his talents restoring an old home in Richmond. They are the parents of two adult children. Anna Blinn Cole is a student at Candler School of Theology, and with her husband, Garrett, are the parents of June Ethel. Christopher Blinn, a special education teacher, lives in Richmond, Indiana where he and his wife Kate are the parents of Charles Wilder.
Mary Beth received a MDiv degree at The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. Her ministry has included pastoring small and medium-sized churches in Virginia; serving as a missionary pastor in the Red Bird Missionary Conference in SE Kentucky; and as District Superintendent of the Danville (VA) District. Mary Beth enjoys growing flowers, walking and reading. When encouraged by her bike-riding husband, she has been known to take on some bike-riding adventures.