Tony A. Townsend, 59, of Harrisburg, Pa., died Friday evening, May 17, 2019, at his home.

Born Aug. 1, 1959, in Gettysburg, he was the son of Maxine Townsend of Gettysburg, and the late Ronald Leonard. He was the husband of Liz J. (Woodall) Townsend of Harrisburg, to whom he was married for 25 years.

Tony was senior pastor at Faith Community Church, York, Pa. He received a doctorate in divinity from Saint Thomas Christian University and earned his master of management and leadership from Liberty University, and graduated from Shippensburg University.

Tony also worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for 17 years. He was an ordained minister of the Faith Ministries Alliance under the leadership of Dr. Bill Winston; a graduate of Light of Glory School of Ministry; and graduate of Rhema Correspondence Bible School.

Tony served on Calvary Victory Bible College Advisory Board, was a member of the Significant Church Network, Leader of Men’s Ministry, taught adult Bible classes, received Arms Around Communities Cornelius Award, and served as treasurer for Harvest of Blessing Inc.

Tony loved teaching the Word of God and training others to be disciples. His greatest gift and passion was ‘giving’ and helping others.

In addition to his wife and mother, Tony is survived by his two children, Anthony Townsend and Tia Townsend, both of Harrisburg; and 11 siblings, Alfredo Townsend, of Gettysburg, Tanya McKenrick of Fayetteville, Pa., Stacey Thompson, Quinn Townsend, Free Townsend, and Deneen Townsend, all of Gettysburg, Rhonda Green of Annapolis, Md., and Chuck Drummond, Melissa Drummond, and Carol Markle, Nassir Bryant, all of York.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Shiloh Church of God In Christ, 5950 Derry St., Harrisburg, Pa., with Bishop Guy Glimp officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pa. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of the services Saturday at the church.

The Monahan Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

(0) entries

Sign the guestbook.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.