Marc Turnage was born in Springfield, Missouri. He graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. After graduating from Evangel University, he moved to Jerusalem, Israel where he studied at Jerusalem University College. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with an M.A. in Jewish History and New Testament Backgrounds. During his time in Israel, Marc studied with Professor R. Steven Notley, Professor David Flusser, Professor Michael Stone, Professor Hanan Eshel and Esther Eshel, Professor Chana Safrai, Professor Michael Sokoloff, and Professor Gabriel Barkay.
After completing his M.A., Marc began his post-graduate studies at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of the late Professor Hanan Eshel. Marc is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Bar Ilan under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. During his tenure in Israel, Marc guided study tours of university students and professors, and cross-denominational Christian groups from around the world. After Marc moved from Israel in 2001, he continued to bring study tours of university students and Christian pilgrims to Israel on yearly trips. After moving from Israel, Marc taught for a year in Brussels, Belgium. He and his family relocated to Springfield, Missouri where he was on the faculties of Missouri State University, Evangel University, Drury University, and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
In December of 2009, Marc was appointed by the Executive Presbytery of the General Council of the Assemblies of God (USA) as the Director of the Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS), a historic endeavor begun by the Assemblies of God to educate its constituents in the physical, historical, and cultural settings of the Bible. Finally, Marc and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of three children (Lucas, 16; Jordan, 14; and Elie, 8).