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John Turnipseed

From gang banger to one of the nation’s most respected pioneers of community restoration, John Turnipseed tells his amazing story of transformation with honesty and courage, offering contagious hope to all who hear it.

John Turnipseed is the Executive Vice President of Urban Ventures, a nonprofit organization set in the heart of the same Minneapolis gang territory John once terrorized. He offers audiences a remarkable, true story of redemption—a story that is inextricably linked to Urban Ventures' mission.

John's Story
Torn from a good life with a loving extended family in 1960's Alabama, young John ended up in Minneapolis with empty cupboards and a cruel father. His father’s alcoholism and womanizing started a chain reaction of poverty, violence, addiction, and despair that nearly destroyed three generations.

Ready to break the cycle, John became the first client at Urban Ventures’ Center for Fathering. In the 20+ years since, John has transformed into a community leader, pastor, speaker, and nationally-acclaimed urban development expert. John’s life story has been put on paper as a book, Bloodline, and turned into a high-production movie series, The Turnipseed Trilogy.

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