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About
Gwendolyn Lawson Townsend

HOME, MINISTRY, and COMMUNITY

Gwendolyn Lawson Townsend is proud to carry letters after her name of MOM - Mother Of Many. With her husband, 2nd Administrative Assistant Sam Townsend, Sr. DD, she is the parent of 14, grandparent of 50, and a great-grandparent.

She has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean ministering in Women, Child and Family Welfare; had been a recurrent guest on TBN; and has been featured in newspapers and magazines including the national Charisma Magazine. As the founder of UJIMA Community Services, she led it in becoming Washington State’s first, and so far only, licensed African American CPA (child placement agency). She then continued the work to see that the vision of UJIMA continued as she and three others establish InterCultural Children & Family Services, Inc.

Mother Townsend was licensed as a Missionary in 1992, was appointed in 2000 as a District Missionary, was selected in 2017 as the Executive Secretary of the International Department of Women, and in 2021 was elevated to Jurisdictional Supervisor of the Washington State Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ    WSJWomen.org

These diverse experiences have allowed her to remember the many female giants whose shoulders she stands on while positioning herself to receive what God had already provided.

In the early 2000’s, Mother Townsend began teaching “Position yourself to receive that which the Lord has already provided!” As a holiness exhorter who acknowledges her “lane,” she loves to minister one-on-one, in small groups, and in workshop settings, continuing as the Lord leads.  Being from the “old school,” she stands on its HOLINESS teachings, and in her personal 3:00am Prayer and Word Study on her birthday, July 10 (7/10), from Ezra 7:10 she received study, do, encourage – and so she does.

SHE NOTES:  "remember, and then walk FORWARD 2 your Position."

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FOUNDER

  • 1980 Co-Founded, with her husband, the Greater Glory Ministries in Seattle, Washington

  • 1995 Annual INFUSION Summit Advance

  • 2010 "PEARL of Holiness:  Sister-Time"

  • 2021-present Founding of various innovative resources within the Washington State Jurisdiction Women’s Department

WRITER

  • She has written guides, booklets, desk manual, directories, handbooks, missionary curricula, and policies/procedures to grow excellence within various Women’s Departments.

  • She is the author of two books:

    •  HOLINESS: The Demand of God for His People

    •  FORWARD Kingdom Witness: a 4-Week Bible Study Journal 

 

AWARDS

  • 1990 National Black Child Development Institute-Bunny Wilburn Award for Leadership

  • 1993 and 1994 National One Church One Child Leadership Awards for Child Advocacy

  • 1996 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Community Service Award

  • 1997 Washington State Mother of the Year by Senate Resolution 1997-8640  (making Washington State history as the first/thus far only African American so selected)

  •  2005 Esther Award for Excellence and Distinction in Ministry inaugural recipient from the Urban Alternatives

  •  2008 “Beyond The Walls Ministry” Award from God Answers Prayer Ministries International

  •  2010 Living Legend Award

  •  2012 “Women Who Pray” Award

  •  2013 Women Are Worthy Award

  •  2015 honored by Kingdom Servants Ministries

  • 2022 honored by the ImagineMeFoundation for support and mentorship of those smiling through cancer

  • 2022 honored by the International Department of Women COGIC for dedication and work above and beyond