Shirley Townsend-Jones is a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker with the Bennettsville-Cheraw Area Cooperative Ministry, Bennettsville, South Carolina.
Shirley coordinates, implements and supervises programs as a part of the Cooperative’s ministry that meets the spiritual, social, ecumenical and educational needs of the member churches and community. This includes ten sites of Vacation Bible School, SBC Resource Center, educational and spiritual leadership training, summer camps, after school tutorial, scouting, mission fairs, health fairs, Strengthening Families for Renewal life programs, Shalom programs, and housing, food distribution and transportation for the ten rural churches that comprise the cooperative ministry. This cooperative is the first rural ministry to become involved in the Communities of Shalom.
Reflecting on her ministry, Shirley says, “My work continuously involves reaching out to the poor, the abused, the abandoned, the sick and the aged, the poorly housed and the malnourished. God’s mission is being carried out through the programs and other services we provide through the cooperative ministry. During the summer our Vacation Bible School reaches out to over 500 children and youth.”
Shirley came to this mission assignment in 1991 after serving for nine years as Director of the Rockingham District’s Black Church Development Program in her home annual conference, North Carolina.
Ms. Townsend-Jones has a B.S. in business administration from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC.
She and her husband, Vincent, have two children, Vincent, Jr., and Brittney Nicole.