Bio | Sutton Turner

Sutton Turner

Chief Operation Officer


Sutton Turner combines 24 years of business and ministry experience in his role as Chief Operating Officer at Vanderbloemen.

Prior to joining Vanderbloemen, Sutton led five different businesses across three different countries as CEO (United States, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi). In 2008, he served as the founding CEO of Khidmah (“service” in Arabic), currently the largest services management company in the UAE with over 1,000 employees. Prior to that, Sutton co-founded the Wentwood Companies with his brother and served for 10 years as managing partner, providing services across 10 states and 36 locations. 

Sutton joined Mars Hill Church in Seattle in 2011 as General Manager. He was then promoted to Executive Pastor, Executive Elder, and Board Member. Mars Hill had a weekly podcast audience of over 250,000 and attendance of 15,000 across five states and 15 locations. Because of his experience at Mars Hill and what he learned there, Sutton is passionate about seeing churches have healthy and loving cultures led by healthy and loving leaders. Sutton has extensive experience with churches and non-profits in the areas of culture, governance, organizational design, and growth strategies.

Sutton is the author of Invest Your Gifts for His Mission, an executive pastor leadership book released in 2013. He published You Will Be My Witnesses by Dr. Eyasu Ferenj in 2014, a groundbreaking evangelism book in Amharic (language of Ethiopia).

Sutton holds master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University (MBA), Texas A&M University (Agr.), and Harvard Business School (OPM). He is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of 1993 (Texas A&M University).

Sutton and his wife Marci have three children in College Station: Grace, Faye, and JoJo. Sutton enjoys spending time with his family, supporting Fightin’ Texas Aggie sports, participating in Orange Theory Fitness, and attend Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas.