Jeff and Susan serve as educational specialists, currently seconded (or officially loaned) to International Training Alliance, a partner organization. IM joins six other evangelical mission organizations in this alliance to offer practical leadership training for missionaries and national workers. As a result, this joint effort has trained more than 3,000 leaders in 35 nations. The training is now offered in French and Spanish, as well as English, and has been requested in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Arabic.
Asked to serve as CEOs of the International Training Alliance (ITA), Jeff and Susan took on the challenging role November 5, 2015. Since 2005, they performed as senior trainers for ITA while working full-time for the Mission,
Jeff followed Christ at the age of nine in the local church his father pastored. He sensed God leading him into missions while studying at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Susan also accepted Christ as Savior as a nine-year-old under her father’s ministry. About a year later she surrendered her life to God for His service.
The son of Reverend Elmer and Gladys Turnbough, Jeff was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Welch College with a B.S. in music and Christian education (1977) and a B.A. in biblical studies and missions (1979). Jeff holds a Diploma of Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic studies) from the University of Madrid and an M.A. in theology and missions from Grace Theological Seminary. He graduated from Biola University in 2004 with his doctorate in missiology. His dissertation focused on a qualitative study of the conversion process for evangelical Spaniards in Madrid.
Susan, the daughter of Reverend Milton and Martha Crowson, was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where her father pastored at the time. She graduated from Welch College (1977) with a B.A. in biblical studies, Christian education, and missions. She pursued teacher education at Troy State College. Once in Spain, she completed the year program of studies at the University of Madrid.
Jeff and Susan married in May 1975.
The Turnboughs were appointed to missionary service in April 1981. They went to Spain in June 1982, as church-planters. After completing two years of formal language study, they were used by the Lord to plant the first Protestant church in the growing city of Villalba, just outside Madrid. The couple helped develop a Free Will Baptist church-planting team in Spain. They served as field leaders for the Spain team, then regional directors for all workers in Europe. Jeff also served seven years as director of field operations, a role that moved the couple from Spain to the States.
Susan helped begin an evangelistic outreach to women called “Café y algo más” (Coffee and Something More). Many women came to Christ as a result of this ministry. Susan also worked with youth in Villalba for many years. Jeff served as one of the founders of an association of Free Will Baptist churches in Spain. He developed a discipleship manual and materials related to field and team strategy.
The Turnboughs have two adult children: Matthew and Melissa.
Matthew married Brooke (Atwood) in May 2002. The couple has worked with The Hanna Project since 2005, leading a social outreach ministry in Spain. They have three children: Andrew, Caroline, and Daniel.
Melissa married Dr. Mason Mandy in 2006. Melissa is an RN and Mason is a surgeon. They live in New York City with their two children, Liam and Sofia.
The Donelson Fellowship, Nashville, Tennessee
Updated October 10, 2017
Courses. Please pray for safety of travel as we head to Bangkok, Thailand for a special trainer development course (TDC) October 13-21, 2017. There are representatives from different regions of the world who are gathering to receive trainer training to take back to their regions–from two African nations, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico, India, Australia, UK, and USA.
Also, November 2-18, 2017 we will hold our last full Leadership Matters Course outside Orlando, Florida, USA, hosted by Wycliffe USA. This is an unusual location for ITA. We seldom host training events in the USA.
Travels. Please pray for safety of travel in the second half of 2017. In July we’ll be in Spain visiting family and friends. In August we go to Peru for the second complete Leadership Matters Course in Spanish. In October we head to Malaysia to visit colleagues/friends from ITA. From there we travel to Bangkok, Thailand for a trainer development course. In November we have our last Leadership Matters Course of the year close to Orlando, Florida.
Fundraising. During April and May 2017 we will be visiting several churches presenting our ministry with ITA and our need for monthly support. Please pray for God’s grace and favor for these events.
2017 World Missions Offering (WMO). Please pray that God’s people will respond to the 2017 World Missions Offering for IM–workers and works around the world benefit from this annual offering. WMO Sunday is April 29, 2017.
ITA Council Meets. The International Training Alliance Council and Executive Team meets in Indianapolis, USA March 20-24, 2017. Members are coming from Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Canada and the United States. Please pray for an initial two days for a summit of six people, two days of the full Council, and then one day of wrap up for the ITA Executive Team.
Funding for Jeff and Susan. Once again Jeff and Susan are seeking prayer and financial supporters! They were supported faithfully by many supporters for 30 years as church planters in Madrid, Spain. At the request of FWBIM leadership, they left Spain to serve in administration of the Mission for many years. At the age of 60 God gave them a new ministry serving as CEO of the International Training Alliance. It is tough to build a support base from zero at age 60, but it is necessary in order to fulfill the ministry opportunities the Lord has opened for them on a more global level. (See “Transitions” below.)
Transitions. Jeff and Susan served as missionaries to Spain for 30 years. They returned to the States to serve in the Mission Administration. In 2015, the Board of International Missions voted unanimously to second them to the Board’s partner agency, the International Training Alliance, to serve as this agency’s CEO. At the same time, Jeff and Susan will serve as regional directors for FWBIM missionaries in Europe. Jeff also serves as the Candidate Shepherd for FWBIM, working with all new missionary candidates desiring to serve with FWBIM. As you can imagine, there is a lot of responsibility between these different roles.
Leadership Matters Course in Peru. Please pray for the first complete LMC in Spanish ever that will take place outside Lima, Peru May 3-23, 2016. Jeff will serve as lead trainer. Susan will lead the relationships track
Funding for ITA. ITA was legally incorporated as a 501c3 in the United States in November of 2015, and is seeking funding for its ministry. In its twenty years of existence, ITA has never been legally incorporated. This is a big step. With the transition in leadership, the ITA Council decided to incorporate in the United States and in Australia in order to create a sustainable model for the future. It is expanding to offer its training in French, Spanish and Manderin Chinese. ITA continues to receive more requests for courses than it can fulfill each year. This speaks to the credibility and usefulness of this unique training after 20 years in existence. Please pray for the ministry of ITA.