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Lady Joy Townsel, affectionately known as Lady J, is the co-founder of The Family Worship Church where she serves faithfully under the leadership of her husband and founding pastor, A. Chester Townsel, Sr.  She is committed to giving God the honor and glory in all aspects of ministry.  Whether preaching, teaching, worshipping, praising, singing or witnessing, she loves her role as an encourager in the Body of Christ.   

She is a transparent woman of God who believes in “realness” in the Kingdom and she is grateful to God for the calling on her life in spite of her imperfections.  She is a witness that God doesn’t necessarily call the “qualified” but He “qualifies” the called.  As a result, she strives daily to become more like Christ while encouraging, equipping and empowering others through the Word of God.    

Lady J, received her Ministerial License to preach the Gospel in 2005 from the New Hope Baptist Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Her spiritual foundation was established at an early age under the tutelage of her spiritual father, Rev. Dr. John Howard, Sr., who imparted a great deal of wisdom that continues to impact her life even today.  She also gained a great deal of wisdom from her spiritual mother, Dr. Diana Lyles also from Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

After faithfully serving in ministry in New Jersey for over 30 years, Lady J relocated to the sunshine state of Florida.  Because of her strong spiritual foundation, she has served in many capacities in Ministry such as, preaching and teaching the Word of God, singing on the praise team and church choirs, directing and teaching music to praise teams and choirs, praying and interceding on behalf of the Body as well as serving in any other area she was called to assist.  Lady J also possesses a Gift of Administration which she has used to assist her former pastors and leaders and currently uses to assist her husband with the launching of The Family Worship Church.

In 2004 she retired from Laborers Local #415 in New Jersey where she served as Fund Administrator and she was the youngest to ever retire from this organization.  She is also a certified teacher in the State of Florida who is currently employed as a Curriculum Resource Teacher for Charter Schools USA.  She has an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree and has begun coursework for her master’s degree in Education. 

Lady J married the love of her life, Pastor A. Chester Townsel in 2009 and she is still on her honeymoon.  Together they are the proud parents of five children, DeSean, Seanna, Chassidy, Amirah and Arvin.  The Townsel Duo as they call themselves, are committed to building and strengthening their family unit first and then building and strengthening the world.  They do not want to be a public success and a private failure based upon one of their favorite scriptures 1 Timothy 5:8.