The Rev. Larry E. Turpin grew up in Oroville, CA, a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His father was a District Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service so he spent lots of time in the mountains with his family. In High School he was selected for the American Field Service Student Exchange program and lived near Johannesburg, South Africa for a year.
He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and graduated with a B.A. For his senior year of college he studied in Saarbruechen, Germany. It was there that he met another student working overseas, Julie Woestehoff, who became his wife the next year. Larry studied at the Yale University Divinity School for one year and then Larry and Julie moved to Chicago where Julie studied at the University of Chicago and Larry attended McCormick Theological Seminary. After receiving a M.Div. degree Larry was ordained by the Presbytery of Chicago.
In that presbytery he served as an assistant pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in La Grange, as a Stated Supply pastor at the Marquette Park Presbyterian Church, as pastor at the Rogers Park Presbyterian Church and as pastor of the United Church of Hyde Park. In July 2014 he received the call to be the pastor at the Union Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Wyoming. While at the Rogers Park Church he worked with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions to create a new inter-religious organization and received a certificate of appreciation for his work. Larry received his D. Min. from the University of Chicago in 2002. In 2003 he received the Presbyterian Church’s Restorative Justice Award for his work visiting on death row and advocating for victims of police torture. Proclaiming the healing Good News and working for justice in a broken world have been constants in his ministry.
Julie and Larry have two grown sons who live in Chicago.