A Word From Our Pastor

"Hello and welcome to our informative website.  We are conveniently located on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle, Washington, just 1/2 block south of South Graham Street.  We are in the heart of the city, right on the bus line and along the LightRail where pedestrians and vehicles have easy access from the I-5 South freeway at the Swift Avenue Exit and from the I-5 North freeway at the Martin Luther King Jr. Way south Exit.


On Thursday, July 10, 1980, I, along with my wife, Mother Gwendolyn E. Lawson Townsend, founded the Greater Glory Ministries with an adult membership of six (including Sister Sharon Morrison Brown, Sister Debbie Chelly, Brother Frank Carty, and Sister Minnie Carty). We are a Christ-Centered, Family-Focused ministry with in-reach and out-reach services for all.  

We have been blessed with a strong membership which has produced a number of community serving ministries including:  UJIMA Community Services (a licensed family preservation, kinship, foster care, adoption agency); IMANI Fellowship Choir ( a non-profit choir composed of members from throughout Washington State); Women Of Glory Ministries (which conducts annual INFUSION Summits); Health Forums; Youth & Music Ministries; and the former GloryLand Infant, Child Care & Learning Center.

In March 2000 the Ministry expanded to the Tulalip Indian Reservation.


In January 2001 Bishop T.L. Westbrook appointed me to be superintendent over several churches in the Old Landmark District.


In 2014 Bishop Leo C. Brown, Jr. appointed me as Sr. Administrative Assistant."

In 2018 I was appointed as the Jurisdictional Chair of the newly formed Investigation Committee.


In 2019 I received my Doctorate Degree.


In 2020 GGM began its perfected on-line presence with Sunday Service at 11:30am and Thursday Bible Study at 6:30pm through Facebook Live!

At this time we are in the midst of a pandemic.  GGM is following absolutely every request and ordinance which governs us.  We have totally prepared for the public opening of GGM and in September of 202 we are in intense Staff and Team training.  It's our desire to see everyone return to the GGM Worship Building in physical safety and mental comfort. Please know that we are rushing no one, and encouraging all who are possibly at risk, to time your return only as you and your doctor see fit. Our Services will continue to be on Facebook Live and on YouTube and I will continue to host our monthly 1st Friday GGM Family Zoom Gatherings.  Feel free to visit our website at least weekly to receive updates on Services and the opening of our GGM doors to the public.

Our congregation and ministries continues to be a light to a dying world.  

I invite you to click on the following button to see what to expect at you new home...GGM!

Dr. Sam L. Townsend, Sr.

Sr. Pastor - Greater Glory Ministries

District Superintendent - Old Landmark District

Sr. Administrative Assistant - Washington State Jurisdiction, COGIC

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6419 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South

Seattle, Washington  98118-3149

(888) 723-6419