Emmanuel H.M. Turner AME Church

Who We Are

Stewards of Emmanuel HM Turner AME Church, the spiritual leaders of the church

Our Mission

The people of God called Emmanuel - Henry McNeal Turner African Methodist Episcopal Church are striving to communicate the truth of God's Word through the participation, outreach and evangelism activities that others, as well as ourselves, may lead a Christ-centered life.

Reverend Joyce Reece Kitchen

Our Pastor, Reverend Joyce Reece Kitchen, was born, raised, and educated in Los Angeles, California. An outspoken advocate for reading and education in general; Pastor Kitchen is heavily credentialed as evident by her numerous degrees which list as follows:

  • Bachelor’s, Sociology from the University of Southern California (USC)
  • M.S.W. from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Bachelor’s, in Health Science from California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)
  • P.A. Certification (Master’s equivalent) from Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School

In addition to being an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor Joyce, as she is fondly referred to, has a diverse and rich history of service to the community. Prior to and concurrent with her work as a minister and pastor she has enjoyed a 17 year career as a practicing Physician Assistant specializing in Pediatric care and worked as an Adoption Specialist with the Department of Children and Family Services. Additionally, Reverend Joyce helped to launch and build The National Family Life and Education Center, a non-profit agency that provides services to “at risk” youth and their families

It is said that “You do best, what you do most.” Over the years, Reverend Joyce Reece Kitchen has mostly been a vehicle for love, service and charity. We at Emmanuel-Henry McNeal Turner submit that she has done it well and we think she is “The Best.”