Shortly after their marriage in 2011, Eri turned to Nathan and matter of factly said, "After I graduate, we are going to move to Denver." Nathan asked her if she had ever been there before. "Once", she said, "it was nice, and I feel God wants us to be there." And that was that, Nathan and his wife Eri, by faith, packed everything and moved to Colorado from Oklahoma in the summer of 2012. They lived off what little they had in their savings until they could find work. God opened up the floodgates of his blessings and poured them out on the Turek Family, for not only did they find employment, but also purpose, great friends, and a wonderful church family.
Nathan was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. His great family taught him the joys of humor and a Love for God and serving His people. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Oklahoma State University and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian. It was in Stillwater, OK where he got his first taste of ministry, working for the Stillwater Church of Christ as an International Student Ministry Intern from 2006-2009. During that time he also took part in four Let's Start Talking mission trips to Yaizu City, Japan. In 2009, Nathan was promoted from an intern to full-time minister, filling the role as the International Student Minister at the Stillwater Church of Christ; where he continued to work until they married and moved to Durant, Oklahoma.
Eri was born and raised in Kakogawa, Japan, near Osaka. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Communications from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, and a Master's degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK. She has long had a passion for helping those in need. After moving to Aurora, she began volunteering at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and now works at a mental health facility in Denver.