Pastor John H. Townsend

Title: Senior Pastor, Co-Founder,
Chief Executive Officer

Company: MATTHEW 25:34-40 Ministries
Location: San Diego, CA United States


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Christ Center of Bible Therapy, San Diego (Deacon, 1977-1986)
  • Christ Fellowship Church (associate minister, 1987) (assistant pastor, 1988-2001)
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Help Defeat Gloom
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Key Collectors International (board of directors 1979-1997)
  • MATTHEW 25:34-40 Ministries (missions, 1998-present)
  • Metropolitan Correctional Center, San Diego (Religious Volunteer, 1983-1998)
  • Order of DeMolay
  • Peninsula Community Planning Board, San Diego (secretary, 1983-1988) (head of residential rules and zoning enforcement, 1990-1992)
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Purdue Alumni Association, life member
  • San Diego County Jail Ministries (president, 1978) (1997- present)
  • San Diego Engineering Management Society (chairman, 1974-1976)
  • The Tiny Ministry for Missions Support (founder, 1994)
  • United States Naval Institute, life member
  • United States Navy (1969-1973)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020, 2019)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (1989-1992)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the West,” Marquis Who’s Who (1987)
  • Church @ Work North America, 8000 Ministry Mission Trips in 2019, reaching 13 nations and continuously growing internationally with a focus in South America
  • Homeless and Youth Ministries Advocate, 84 countries, 3 dozen ministries and growing
  • Publications Award for Project Management in Systems Engineering Guide
  • Recipient, United States Navy Achievement Medal

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