Shirley Townsend-Jones is a native of Maxton, North Carolina and serving as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She began her service as a Church and Community Worker in 1981 in the North Carolina Conference and continues her service as a worker in the South Carolina Conference with the Bennettsville-Cheraw Area Cooperative Ministry, Bennettsville, South Carolina. Mrs. Townsend-Jones coordinates, implements, and supervises programs as a part of the Cooperative’s ministry to strengthen the nine member churches and communities in the areas of outreach, witness, service, Christian education and leadership development. Her many areas of responsibility include: quarterly leadership trainings, Tea Time with Teens ( focusing on abstinence with 10-18 girls), Sacred Saturday (focusing on children & youth ages 5-11), VBS picnic and Back to School, health screenings, food distribution, summer enrichment camp, transportation and partnerships with various agencies.
Mrs. Townsend –Jones has served as a missionary for 32 years. She has served and continues to serve on various boards and agencies in the United Methodist Church in the South and North Carolina Conferences. Also, she supports her community by serving on various committees, coalitions and boards.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mrs. Townsend- Jones is married to Vincent C. Jones and they have an adult son and daughter.
A servant from the heart, Shirley says, “God has called me to serve and I trust and believe I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Phillippians 4:13