Eight nine-week sessions of Turning Point meetings are available at the El Centro First Assembly of God, 10th Street and Park Avenue.
Turning Point was established in the 1980s by Jimmie Lee of Chattanooga, Tenn., director of Teen Challenge for many years. He created the program to establish a "ministry in the local church that would be a preventative to life-controlling habits of thinking, living and behavioral," according to a First Assembly press release.
First Assembly's meetings began in January 1997 under the leadership of Pastor Cecil Barham and continue under the direction of Associate Pastor John Quiñonez. Seven of the groups meet in El Centro and one meets in Brawley.
The groups offered and their teachers are:
"The Insight Group," led by the Rev. John and Yolie Quiñonez; "One Nation Under God," led by Ricardo and Waifar Bazar; "Handling Loss and Grief," led by Michael and Michelle Foss; "The Disconnected Generation," facilitated by Youth Pastor Phillip Roop; "How to Succeed at Being Yourself," a women's group led by Robie Moore; "The Insight Group, Youth Edition," led by Chris Tewalt and Vicki Quinonez; and "Growing Through Failure," which meets in Brawley and is facilitated by Faye Lavender Hartfield. The two Spanish-language groups are "The Insight Group," led by Catalina Bisi, and "They Will Become One Flesh," facilitated by Jose and Rosa Martinez.