The Rev. Rick Turner comes to Cairo from his assignment at Blakely First United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Henry Bass, who served the Cairo church for the last two years, has been promoted to the district superintendency of the Valdosta district.
The Rev. Turner was born and raised in LaGrange, Ga., where he graduated from LaGrange High School. He graduated from Georgia Southern University and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
The new Methodist preacher spoke on the need to impress God and challenge the church to consider the type of impression Cairo First United Methodist makes in the community.
The Rev. Turner is married to the former Donna Brown. His first wife, Wanda Efurd, passed away in 2003. Between them the couple has four children and five grandchildren.
Before serving in Blakely, the Rev. Turner also served in Moultrie, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Warner Robins.
When not busy with his ministry, the Rev. Turner enjoys golfing and fishing.