UNION, NJ – Townley Presbyterian Church has a new pastor.

At a special congregational meeting on Sunday, June 11, after nearly a yearlong pastor search, Townley Presbyterian Church unanimously voted to welcome Pastor Ronald Thompson as its new pastor. 

Pastor Thompson is a native of and resides in Union County.  He and his wife, Vyonnia, are celebrating 37 years of marriage this year.  They have two adult sons, Jeremy and Steven, and three granddaughters.

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According to a press release from Townley Presbyterian Church, Pastor Ron believes that he “can do all things through Christ”, who is the source of his strength (Ephesian 4:13).

Thompson has a BS in Organizational Management from Nyack College, New York and a Masters of Divinity from Cairn University, Pennsylvania (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University).  His mother was instrumental in starting his early Christian training at the Greystone Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth.  His Christian education and spiritual formation continued at the Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Linden.  There he would later receive his call to ministry. 

Thompson was ordained as an Associate Minister in 1991.  He accepted the opportunity to serve as Interim Pastor and then Pastor of the Imani Temple Baptist Church of Elizabeth, serving from 2009 to 2015.

“Pastor Thompson’s ministry is a blessing to our church,” continued the church’s press release.  “He and his wife, Vyonnia feel that same blessing and are excited to call Townley Church their home.”

Sunday services at Townley Church, 829 Salem Road, Union, are held at 10 a.m. “We hope you will join us Sunday and help welcome Pastor Thompson and Vyonnia.”