Our Pastors


Charlie Dunn

Lead Pastor 

I was born in Austin but have spent most of my life in Dallas. I grew up attending church, but as a freshman in college, I started to question whether Christianity was really believable. At the same time, I was driven by a need to please people and somehow prove my life a “success.” 

What I discovered then, and what I continue to believe now, is that the Christian faith is not only true, but it meets our deepest needs. Jesus makes sense of our lives and our world like no one else. His outrageous claims are believable; his self-giving character is compelling; and his amazing grace is freeing. When we know that God loves and fully embraces us through Jesus, we can admit our flaws, grow in our character, and begin to join God in a world-renewing mission far bigger than ourselves. I count it such a privilege to lead this church family, as we seek to follow Jesus together. 

In 2019 my wife, Brandi, and I sensed that God was calling us to help launch a new local church in Lake Highlands. We’re grateful to raise our young son, Patton, in this diverse, family-friendly Dallas neighborhood. We love our LH neighbors and want to help them follow Jesus and flourish in all the ways God intends.  

Prior to launching Grace Lake Highlands, I served as the teaching pastor and the student pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian, the church that called us to start this new community. I love to learn and completed my undergrad at Dartmouth College, a Masters of Divinity at Redeemer Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry at Duke University. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, playing tennis, eating Taco Joint, cheering on Dallas sports teams, and having conversations with anyone who wants to explore and experience life with God. 


John Turner 

Assistant Pastor 

I was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014. Prior to moving to Lake Highlands in February 2020, I served as youth director at Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church in Albany, Texas. Albany is where my wife, Claire, and I married and where we both sensed a greater clarity to pursue pastoral training from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. In January 2020, I graduated with my Masters of Divinity and am currently seeking ordination in our denomination. 

Although I am struggling with the reality that my son may be a Mavs, Cowboys, and Rangers fan, I am so excited to be in the Lake Highlands area and to be a part of what God is doing here. We long to play a part in seeing people reconciled to God through the gospel of Jesus and to see followers of Jesus live out of their identity as beloved children of God. I am passionate about my wife, Claire, and my son, Knox. I also love preaching, college football, and all things Tex-Mex. In my free time, I enjoy getting outdoors with my family, cooking, reading, and time on the basketball court or golf course.

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