John Townsend (author)

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John Townsend
Born June 1, 1952
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Period 1992–2013
Genre Christian, Self-help
Subject Assertiveness
Notable works Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No
ISBN 978-0310247456

John Townsend, PhD (born June 1, 1952) is an American Christian self help author. Townsend co-authored Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life in 1992 which sold two million copies[1] and evolved into a five-part series. Townsend co-authored 26 Christian self-help books during his career.[2]


John Townsend was born in 1952 in Smithfield, North Carolina, and grew up in Wilson, North Carolina.[3] 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.[4]

Townsend co-founded the Minirth-Meier Clinic West and served as its clinical co-director for ten years.[4] The clinic operated treatment centers in thirty-five cities in the western United States.[4]

Townsend founded the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, providing graduate training in Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching and Counseling, based at Huntington University in Indiana in 2015.[5]

Townsend co-hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, New Life Live.[citation needed]

Townsend and his family reside in Southern California.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christianity Today, "Redeeming Conflict", May 1, 2004
  2. ^ Christian Post, "Interview: Christian Psychologist John Townsend on His Sermon This Weekend at Saddleback Church", April 13, 2013
  3. ^ Townsend, (2001). Hiding from Love Workbook. Zondervan Publishing House. ISBN 978-0310238287. 
  4. ^ a b c Townsend, John. "John Townsend". Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Huntington University, "Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling"
  6. ^ John Townsend; et al. (1992). Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No. Zondervan Publishing House.