Thurman currently serves as the Pastor of New City Fellowship – West End, a new church plant and new site of New City Fellowship in St. Louis. The church began holding public worship services in May of 2019. He previously served as the Associate Pastor of Grace and Peace Fellowship (PCA) in St. Louis, MO from 2013 to 2018. Prior to moving to St. Louis in July of 2013, he was the Pastor of New Song Community Church (PCA), in the Sandtown community of inner-city Baltimore, MD, beginning in February of 2000. Prior to that, he served as the Minister of Outreach and Youth at Faith Christian Fellowship Church (PCA), also in the city of Baltimore, for 5 years while completing his Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. Thurman completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 2011, with his dissertation entitled, “Christ-Centered Preaching in Hip Hop Culture.” Before serving at Faith, he was on staff for 4 years with the ministry of Young Life. Thurman has been married to his lovely wife, Evie, for 21 years and they have been blessed with four beautiful children, Charvez, Shaquana, Joshua, and Caleb. Thurman currently serves as the Chairman of the PCA’s Mission to North America. He also serves now on the Missouri Presbytery’s Credentials Committee and on the Reconciliation and Kingdom Justice Committee and as an adjunct professor in homiletics and city ministry at Covenant Seminary.
Thurman developed a strong passion for neighborhood parish-model type ministry in his 13 years serving in Sandtown as the pastor of not only New Song, but a whole community. He looks forward to serving in a similar way in the West End community where their family already lives and where New City has been doing grass-roots Christian community development ministry for over 25 years. They want to see a thriving, Christ-centered, evangelistic, discipling, neighborhood-loving church that is a place where the previously un-churched or de-churched feel at home.