Bishop Aaron Townsend is a native of Chicago, born to the late Henry Dye and his mother, Evangelist Emma Townsend. Bishop Townsend was born on June 24, 1971 in the State of Illinois. He has been a member of the Church of God In Christ since birth. He was baptized by the late Superintendent Benjamin Bowman, Sr. Elder Townsend's ministry started in the early 1980's. in the "Grand Ole Church Of God In Christ".He was ordained an Elder on August 18, 1984 during the Annual Holy Convocation of the First Jurisdiction of Illinois Church of God In Christ. This ceremony was performed by the late Bishop Louis Henry Ford, International Bishop and the State Prelate of the First Jurisdiction Of Illinois Church of God In Christ. Elder Aaron Townsend was appointed Pastor in May of 1995; One year later Superintendent Robert R. Sanders was elevated to the office of Jurisdictional Bishop of Third Jurisdiction of Illinois C.O.G.I.C. Ford Temple Church of God In Christ became a part of the Third Jurisdiction of

Illinois Church of God In Christ, after it's inception in January 1996. Elder Townsend was appointed to various positions in the Third Jurisdiction, Assistant Superintendent District President of the Y.P.W.W the E. Burns Memorial District, under the Leadership of Superintendent T.L. Barrett, State Vice-President and Financial Chairman of the Y.P.W.W. Dept. under State President Elder Donald Gay, and served on the finance Committee and Public Relations. He currently serves as Senior Pastor and CEO of Ford Temple United Church of God In Christ, and the 2nd Jurisdictional Prelate of the State of Illinois United Churches of God In Christ. Bishop Aaron Townsend is a man who demonstrates dedication and loyalty to his Church and community. On April 17, 2009 Pastor Aaron Townsend was consecrated and elevated to the office of Jurisdictional Bishop in the Church of God In Christ USA; under the Presiding Bishop Jerry L. Payne and was appointed to the 2nd Jurisdiction of the State of Illinois. On July 11, 2009, Bishop Aaron Townsend was wedded in holy matrimony to Evangelist Lisa Marie McLaurin. On December 12, 2009, Bishop Townsend received his Bachelor of Arts & Doctor of Divinity Degrees from the Grace Theological Seminary out of Loris, South Carolina.

On February 13, 2010, he was appointed and installed as the 2nd Jurisdiction of the State of Illinois, and as the Jurisdictional Bishop in the United Churches of God in Christ under the Leadership of the Presiding Bishop / Chief Apostle Bishop Aaron B. Lackey, Sr.. We thank God for our leader who continues Laboring In Love. Bishop Aaron Townsend was the keynote speaker on July 21, 2010, during the 30th Annual Holy Convocation of the United Churches God In Christ. On July 25, 2010, Bishop Townsend received a new appointment to preside over the State of Illinois and Wisconsin areas. During the 31st Annual National Holy Convocation July 23, 2011, Bishop Aaron Townsend was appointed to the Office of Interim Chairman of the Board of Bishops. Bishop Townsend was influential in bring in three additional Jurisdictions into the United Churches of God In Christ. They are the State of Wisconsin , State Prelate Bishop Chester L. McLaurin Jr., State of Indiana , Bishop Rico Butler and the State of Kentucky , Bishop Andre Driver.

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