Hi, I'm Sutton Turner

I’m a Texan at heart. I used to have a lot of big-time hobbies that came with that description but trying hard to be a dedicated husband and father seems to take up all my time.

My Family

My wife Marci and I have been married since 1998. We met at while at graduate school at SMU. The Lord has taken us to six different geographic locations during our marriage and we have grown from each home we’ve shared together. Outside of my salvation, she is my greatest gift from the Lord.

God has chosen to give us two daughters, Grace (1999) and Faye (2004), and one son, Joseph (2010). I know that they have been entrusted to me and Marci for only a short season and we are doing all that we can to sow the fruit of righteousness in their young lives–and pray for a gracious harvest from the Holy Spirit.

My Heart

Simply speaking, I want to see God receive more and more glory in my life, in my family, in the lives of people down my street, in the Church, and to the ends of the earth!

More specifically, I want to partner with Jesus in all the work he is doing in Ethiopia. I pray to see thousands upon thousands upon thousands of Ethiopians worshiping Jesus in heaven with me. But “how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:15).

My heart is to do all that I can through service, giving, and prayer to equip Ethiopian men and women to evangelize their country until everyone has heard!

Professional Overview

Sutton has over 20 years of executive leadership and management experience across both international and domestic industries. He has led organizations in Real Estate Investment, Property & Facilities Management, Construction, Asset Management and Brokerage Industries.

Sutton is currently the COO of Vanderbloemen.

Prior to this, Sutton was a Board Member and Executive Pastor for a large Christian church with 15 sites across 5 states in the US with 157 staff members serving the needs of 13,000 individuals on a weekly basis. Many rumors and media attention has surrounded Sutton’s tenure at Mars Hill Church and Sutton has written extensively about the truth and the lesson’s learned while serving the Church in Seattle. There was also a very public and failed civil RICO litigation against Sutton which he has written a detailed account on how he was falsely accused, never served and defamed through the entire ordeal.

Sutton was formerly the CEO of Khidmah, a subsidiary of now Aldar Sorouh Properties PJSC in Abu Dhabi. Formed in 2009, this facilities, property and brokerage company currently manages 10,000 units of residential and 5M sq. ft of office/retail in the Middle East and asset manages an over $35B real estate global portfolio.

Prior to moving to Qatar, Sutton was the founding CEO of a property and services management company in the Middle East which began with 19 employees and grew to 500+ and a value of $100 million during the first year of operation. Prior to being in the Middle East, he led a group of interrelated companies from 1996 to 2006 that included real estate acquisition, property management, and construction with 320 employees across 38 locations in 10 different states in the US.

Sutton is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (USA); has a Master in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University (USA); and a Master in Agriculture and Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Texas A&M University (USA). Specialties: Executive Leadership, Property, Services, Facilities, Non-Profit, Strategy, and Leadership Training.



Harvard Business School

Owner President Management Program, 2006 – 2008

Southern Methodist University

Cox School of Business | MBA, Real Estate, 1996 – 2001

Texas A&M University

Masters, Agriculture, 1993 – 1995

Texas A&M University

B.S., 1990 – 1993


Sutton is one of the most talented and gifted leader I have ever had the pleasure and honor to work with.
Mohammed Tabbah Khidmah
He has an engaging manner and a professional approach which supports effective collaboration and also gives a positive and favourable impression of the company he represents.
Steve Martin Acting Director of Group Communications, Barwa Real Estate
I am a better man because I have known him. Mr. Turner is a true leader that changes people's lives.
Mohamad Itani Sales leasing manager, Barwa / Waseef real estate
His ability to empower and motivate individuals, regardless of their position and role within the company is inspirational.
Corey Martin HR & Administration Manager, Khidmah
Sutton is strongly a 360 degree leader, who will definitely be an added value to your organization, with his ability, professional background and expertise, his intuition, and most of all his good influence around people.
Carla Mounayar Marketing Supervisor, Waseef
Sutton was brought in and made several immediate and difficult changes that needed to be made, at the expense of his popularity rating.
Courtney Cherest Content Manager, Mars Hill Church


  • Real Estate
  • Leadership
  • Teaching/Training
  • Facilities Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Public Speaking
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategy
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Customer Service
  • Budgets
  • Nonprofits
  • Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Coaching
  • Business Planning
  • Program Management
  • Fundraising
  • Start-ups
  • Business Development
  • System Administration
  • Operations Management
  • Project Planning
  • Theology
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Management Consulting
  • Team Building
  • Volunteer Management
  • Staff Development
  • Sales
  • Church Events
  • International
  • Discipleship
  • Church Planting
  • Multi-site Campuses
  • Church Governance
  • Public Relations
  • Team Leadership