Evangelist Lisa Marie Townsend is the eldest of four lovely ladies of Bishop Chester L. McLaurin, Senior Pastor of the Emmanuel Bible Center UCOGIC and Teacher Lady Rosalyn M. McLaurin, Pastor of Emmanuel Bible Center. Evangelist Townsend was saved in her teenage years while being a member of Boosters for Christ Revival Center. Since her early teen years, Evangelist Townsend has been active in many organizations including Chicago Land Youth Fellowship. God used her involvement in this program to develop strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills. In addition, during her youth God began developing the spiritual gifts of prophecy, word of knowledge and word of wisdom. Through the exercising of these gifts as well as, other experiences, God confirmed his call and continues to craft her into a vessel that He can use. She re-mains today a work in progress, endeavoring to "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Jesus Christ." II Peter 3:18.
Since the inception of Emmanuel Bible Center UCOGIC (EBC) Evangelist Townsend has served as a faithful member of the church being active in several leadership positions working with her father and mother in the ministry. The positions that she held were financial officer, praise and worship leader, pastor's armor bearer, and the pastor's love and care chairperson. She is ardent encourager refusing to lim- it or confine the use of her gifts. Evangelist Townsend realized God's call upon her life to the ministry during her young adult life, but accepted her call into the ministry in 1999 as an Evangelist. It is her desire to evangelize all that God would lead her to; under His anointing yokes and strongholds would be broken and that the devices of the enemy would be uncovered and defused. She believes that God sets people free from bondage of Satan's attacks and empowers them to overcome broken hearts and broken places in their lives, Evangelist Lisa Townsend posses a determination to share the good news with others and win souls for God's Kingdom. Evangelist Lisa M. Townsend is currently employed at BCD Travel. As a Travel Consultant, it is her expectation that God would use this occupation and the connections she has made while working in the industry "to enlarge her territory of influence beyond the borders of Chicago and its suburbs. She indeed expects to spread the Gospel into the entire world as she progresses in her spiritual quest to know Christ and his power in her life. Her passion to please God will continue to frame her destiny. "Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has it entered into the hearts of man, the things which God Hath prepared for them that love him." I Corinthians 1:9. Her cry and passion is to know HIM and serve HIM. This is the ultimate goal of her call to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On July 11, 2009 then Evangelist Lisa M. McLaurin was united in holy matrimony to Bishop Aaron Townsend, Pastor and Founder of the Ford Temple United Church of God In Christ. On July 23, 2011, Elect Lady Lisa M. Townsend was appointed to the office of, International Chairlady, during the 31st Annual Holy Convocation of the United Churches of God In Christ, this position is the second highest office in the UCOGIC Women's Department.
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