Sam L. Townsend Sr., DD

Our Pastor, Dr. Sam L. Townsend, Sr., is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He relocated to Seattle, Washington in 1970 by way of the United States Army and after marrying he remained.  In 1980 he established The Greater Glory Ministries where he serves as Senior Pastor. He also founded the GloryLand Infant/Child Care and Learning Center located in Seattle, Washington. 


In 2000 he founded a startup ministry on the Tulalip Indian Reservation and in 2001 he was appointed by Bishop T. L. Westbrook as the District Superintendent of the Old Landmark District (


In 2014 he was appointed as a Jurisdictional Sr. Administrative Assistant under the leadership of the Northwest Regional Bishop,  Leo C. Brown, Jr., Prelate.  In 2017 our Jurisdictional Prelate appointed and in 2018 certified our Pastor as the Jurisdictional Chair of the new formed Investigation Committee.

Superintendent Townsend served honorably on the Seattle Police Department as both a Police Officer and a Sr. Community Service Officer. Superintendent Townsend has received various professional certifications and has been the recipient of numerous community service awards.  He has earned an AA Degree in Police Science from North Seattle College, a BA Degree in Community Services from Seattle University, and has recently received his Doctorate Degree in Divinity on May 14, 2019.  

Pastor Townsend is a committed husband and family-man, a Pastor-preneur, loves to talk – with the Word of God being his favorite subject, is respected on the inner-city streets and called upon weekly to console, counsel, and even funeralize those that often the church world either fears or casts away.  You might see him at the barbershop, at a restaurant, doing his daily walk, but where ever you see him, he is ministering. 

Sr. Administrative Assistant Superintendent Sam Townsend, Sr.DD with

International COGIC Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle,

Bishop Charles Blake, Jr.