John Townsend (author)

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John Townsend
Born June 1, 1952
Smithfield, North Carolina[1]
Occupation Psychologist, Author, Leadership Consultant
Nationality American
Alma mater North Carolina State University (BA)
Dallas Theological Seminary (MA)
Biola University (PhD)
Subjects Leadership, Organizations, and Psychology
Notable work(s) Boundaries (book series), How to Be a Best Friend Forever

Dr. John Townsend (Wilson, North Carolina) is a leadership coach, organizational consultant, psychologist and best-selling author. He consults with corporations, family-owned businesses and small businesses. He operates his own Leadership Coaching Program, which he personally conducts in Newport Beach, CA, Dallas, TX and Indianapolis, IN .

Townsend has authored or co-authored 25 books, selling over 5 million copies. His 2 million-selling Boundaries was coauthored with Dr. Henry Cloud. His most recent book is How to Be a Best Friend Forever: Making and Keeping Lifetime Relationships (Worthy Publishing, 2012, ISBN 9781936034437).


Townsend has appeared on many national TV, radio and newspapers and co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “New Life Live”, airing on 180 stations with 3 million listeners. He co-founded Minirth-Meier Clinic West and served as its Clinical Co-Director for ten years.[2] The clinic operated treatment centers in thirty-five cities in the western United States.[3] Currently, He and Dr. Cloud conduct the Ultimate Leadership Workshop and the One Week Intensive for counselors in Southern California. He also co-leads Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and is Clinical Director of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Dr. Townsend serves on the board of directors of Mustard Seed Ranch, a ranch setting for abused children, and of the New Canaan Society, an association for professional men.

Townsend's hobbies include travel and playing in a band which performs at lounges and venues in Southern California.[2]



Townsend has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with honors from North Carolina State University, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (also with honors) and a PhD degree in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University.[2]


Townsend and his family reside in Southern California.[4]


Books which he has authored or made a contribution to include:

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