The population of Turkey in 2024 was 82 million people. 99.9% of the population is of the Islamic faith.
Pastor Emre was ordained in 2006 and has been serving first in Adana, then Izmit and now Istanbul. His ministry is to share the Gospel to Turkish speaking people and to plant churches where there are none. He is experimenting with creative ways to share the gospel in addition to preaching, discipleship, and discipleship ministry in order to develop and equip local believers in Christ.
Shortly after he began serving in Izmit in 2013, he was the victim of an assassination attempt. Police arrested 14 people who tried to carry out the attempt, but the court released them. Read more here.
In 2016, he moved to Istanbul after being appointed local leader in the Izmit Church.
In 2019, he started the Church Planting ministry in Tuzla district of Istanbul. Day by day the number of believers is increasing and the Church is growing. (www.tuzlakilisesi.org) In 2023, he took steps to establish the Association of Protestant Churches Foundation to gain legal status, which has now been legally approved. (www.pkbv.org)
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In 2016 he started the Radio Ministry. Join us to develop a radio ministry to reach a whole nation with a culturally savvy and clear presentation of the Good News of Salvation!The number of Protestant Christians in our country is minuscule %0.008. In most cities, there are no evangelical Churches. Turkish-speaking people all over the world can experience the good news through radio, and be referred to churches in their region. This reaches across all levels of society. A wide range of programs can be used to achieve this goal: bible readings, hymns, sermons in addition to activities such as advertisements, and live call in shows can be used through a live radio broadcast.
We have been absolutely thrilled to see statistics telling us that people in 27 different countries have listened to the radio station over the past 7 years. We have an active following on social media and YouTube. On podcast platforms, programs on Christian theology, where we explain the mystery of the Gospel, are broadcast and receive a lot of attention.