Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Pastor Glenn Townend has been appointed president of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM). The announcement comes after the South Pacific Division’s (SPD) executive committee met earlier this week to discuss the vacancy, following Pastor Waisea Vuniwa’s retirement on March 27.
I am very humbled and honoured to be asked to serve the nations of the Pacific . . . The people’s love of Jesus in this part of the world is attractive to me.
Pastor Glenn Townend.
“I am very humbled and honoured to be asked to serve the nations of the Pacific,” said Pastor Townend. “I spent a good portion of my growing up years in Papua New Guinea, and since then have an admiration for the island lifestyle. I look forward to now learning about the lifestyle of those from the nations of the Trans-Pacific. The people’s love of Jesus in this part of the world is attractive to me.” The TPUM is based in Fiji and covers Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, American Samoa, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru and Kiribati.
Pastor Townend has served as president of the Western Australian Conference for the past 10 years. During his 27 years of ministry in Australia, he has worked in several ministry roles, from local church pastor, church planter and departmental director.
“The Pacific island representatives on the SPD executive committee are delighted the new TPUM president has such an excellent record of godly leadership and such a strong vision for our church,” said SPD general secretary Pastor Lawrence Tanabose.
Pastor Chester Stanley, president of the Australian Union Conference (AUC), described Pastor Townend as a “seasoned leader” and “well prepared for his new responsibilities.”
“We are sad to see him leave the AUC, but we’re pleased the TPUM will benefit from his dedication and skill,” added Pastor Stanley.
TPUM headquarters in Suva, Fiji.
The appointment is the latest in a number of leadership changes for the TPUM. Following a mid-term review late last year, the TPUM announced new presidents for the Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu church missions. The appointment of a new president comes after several weeks of earnest prayer on the part of SPD and TPUM administrators.
“Today we have confirmation of those prayers being answered,” said TPUM general secretary Pastor Wayne Boehm, who stepped into the role of interim president following Pastor Waisea Vuniwa’s retirement. “We now look forward to Pastor Townend and his wife Pamela’s arrival in Fiji to build God’s kingdom and advance His work in this Union.”
Pastor Townend and Pamela have three adult children, Amy, Megan and Travis.