Rev. Dr. Silas M. Townsend has been the Pastor of St. John Baptist Church, in Camden, New Jersey for over twenty five years. 

A native of Washington, D.C., Rev. Townsend graduated cum laude from Milliken University, Decatur, Illinois. A Rockefeller Fellow, Rev. Townsend earned the Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Doctorate in Ministry with distinction from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rev. Dr. Silas M. Townsend is married to the former Ida R. Rankin, who is a teacher in the Camden School System. They have two lovely daughters, Lauren and Kristen.