Forrest Turpen: 1937 - 2017
Dear CEAI Family,
I am sorry to report to you that we have lost our brother in Christ, Forrest Turpen. After suffering a stroke in early November, Forrest never fully recovered, and finally went to be with Jesus on December 21, 2017. His wife Judy, whom he loved dearly, shared with me that today would have been Forrest's 80th birthday.
Forrest with former and current CEAI Executive Directors Finn Laursen and David Schmus
Forrest was a transformational figure in the history of Christian Educators Association International. At the time of his becoming Executive Director in 1983, CEAI was a network of just over 1,000 educators, mostly in California. By the time he passed the baton to Finn Laursen in 2003, a tenure of 20 years, CEAI saw an exponential increase in membership, and had become a nationally-known ministry and professional association offering substantial benefits to members. Forrest Turpen is the architect of what CEAI is today.
But more important than building CEAI is the profound impact he had on us personally. I will always remember when he came to visit my classroom, and invited me to get more involved in ministering to educators. That day changed my life.