Welcome to the Granite City, IL Church




Reverends Don and Christine Townsend have been members of Christ Gospel Church for over forty years. They have pastored in four other cities prior to pastoring in Granite City. They also worked in several prominent positions at the Christ Gospel Church Headquarters in Jeffersonville, IN. Prior to joining Christ Gospel Church, he served in the U.S. Army. Rev. Don Townsend, who has been a regional elder and is a board member of Christ Gospel Churches Int’l, Inc., has had a long and distinguished career with Christ Gospel Church. He first joined in 1966. Before that, he served as a Specialist in the US Army, having been based in Germany from 1959 to 1962.

The Townsends became pastors in 1972, and over that period, they have pastored in Evansville IN, Phoenix AZ, Wichita Falls TX, Mansfield OH, and Indianapolis IN. They first pastored in Granite City in the 1972 before moving on to several other pastoral positions then returning later. Rev. Townsend also served as Assistant Pastor in the Jeffersonville Headquarters church for five years, as well as working in the Missions department for four years.

He has worked as an evangelist and as a missionary, serving in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Suriname, Jamaica, Dominica, and Haiti.

He and his wife Christine have been married for 47 years. They have two daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.