Pastor John H. Townsend

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Title: Senior Pastor
Company: MATTHEW 25:34-40 Ministries
Location: San Diego, California, United States

Pastor John H. Townsend, Senior Pastor, CEO and Co-Founder at MATTHEW 25:34-40 Ministries, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ministry.

An instrumental leader of prayer, biblical leadership and leadership development, Mr. Townsend has notably served as senior pastor, chief executive officer and co-founder of MATTHEW 25:34-40 Ministries since 1998. With mission headquarters in the U.S., India and Ukraine, Mr. Townsend and his wife, Susan, founded MATTHEW 25:34-40 Ministries as a church and as an umbrella to more than 40 ministries of service, all of which are functioning in more than 80 nations on every continent. In addition to this role, he has been a volunteer to and president of the San Diego County Jail Ministries since 1997, as well as a board member to Emmaus Road International and the San Diego Downtown Fellowship of Churches and Ministries since 2006 and 2013, respectively.

Mr. Townsend achieved a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Purdue University in 1969. Prior to commencing his career in ministry, he served with the U.S. Navy as an anti-submarine warfare officer of the USS Gurke from 1969 to 1971 and as a project officer as the Navy Electronics Laboratory Center from 1971 to 1973. He was honorably awarded a Navy Achievement Medal for his contributions. Mr. Townsend then went on to work for the Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego from 1971 to 2002 as an electronics engineer, head of electronics system design and senior project manager. Upon spearheading his faith-driven endeavors, he was ordained to ministry by Christ Fellowship Church in 1988, of which he went on to contribute as an assistant pastor and associate minister. Likewise, he had also sat on the board of directors for the Mission Valley Community Chapel from 2003 to 2010 and for The Most Excellent Way from 2000 to 2008, of which he also served as president in 2008.

A prolific writer, Mr. Townsend is the author of “Ecclesiastes, A Course for Small Group Discipleship,” “The Real NDI Buyer’s Guide,” “The Lord Said, ‘Be…” and “God Is…” His newest book, “Seeking Truth” is still in the works and he hopes for publication in the next year. Of his scientific works, he has won publications awards for authoring “Project Management in System Engineering Guide.” Presently, Mr. Townsend holds membership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, U.S. Naval Institute, Purdue Alumni Association, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Eta Sigma, Help Defeat Gloom and Lodges: Order of DeMolay. To attest to his exceptional legacy, Mr. Townsend and his accomplishments can also be found in the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the West and the second and third editions of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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