Mrs. Shanna Turbyfill – Vice-President of Operations
Mrs. Shanna Turbyfill was born in San Bernardino, California, and came to faith in Christ at 12 years old in Tucson, Arizona. In her early years, she lived in a broken and unstable home. In 1985, Shanna met Michael (who would later become her husband) in church. In 1991, Shanna, though reserved and somewhat shy, felt the call to go to China to smuggle Bibles to people who were in desperate need of the Word of God. God showed himself so faithful during that time and Shanna grew in her faith and began to surrender fully to whatever God wanted for her life, letting go of her plan for a better plan.
Upon Shanna’s return to the United States, Michael began to see the change that God had made in her life and realized his need to surrender his plan for a better plan as well. By the grace of God, they were married in 1993. Michael and Shanna moved 3,000 miles away from home to Rome, New York, where they joined Floyd Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. David Pope. Shanna finished her degree in Business with a focus in Accounting and began working as David’s Administrative Assistant from 1994-1996. During their time in New York, God blessed their family with their first son, Joshua. The pregnancy was very difficult providing the opportunity to lean on God and their church family for comfort and wisdom. At a time when worldly wisdom said to terminate the pregnancy, God said, “Trust me.” Joshua was born early due to complications, suffering respiratory distress syndrome and mild cerebral palsy. Shanna also learned that she had a degenerative kidney disease and that one kidney had failed. This has become a constant reminder of the continued faithfulness of God.
As Michael was in the Air Force, the family moved back and forth across the country and went on to have two more sons, David (named after the Pope himself) in 1998 and Andrew in 2002. All along the way, Michael and Shanna actively served in their church, and Shanna was following the call on her life to raise their boys to know the Lord. In 2006, Michael, Shanna and the boys settled in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Shanna home-schooled through Michael’s deployments and his eventual retirement in 2013. Shanna did bookkeeping and accounting before she began working at a secular job in the insurance industry.
Throughout the previous 25 years, Cindy (David’s wife) played a mentor role in Shanna’s life, and the Pope’s and the Turbyfill’s became close family. With the launch of POPE Initiatives, it took no time to realize that it was in perfect alignment with the imprint on her heart that the Lord had made back in 1991. God has given Shanna a strong sense of purpose, determination and an urgency to be about His work, she is excited to be hands and feet for the greatest kingdom impact.
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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