Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Meet Our Staff

Jim Townsley

Jim Townsley, Pastor

Pastor Townsley and his wife Janet, upon graduation from college in 1975, founded Central Baptist Church. Under his leadership the church began Central Christian Academy in 1984, New England School of the Bible in 1992 and New England Baptist College in 2004. Today several buildings grace the campus situated on eighteen acres of prime real estate in suburban Hartford County. Pastor Townsley is the author of several books and a leader in church planting, holding conferences nationwide.


Joel Boyle, Assistant Pastor

Pastor Joel Boyle grew up in a pastor’s home in western North Carolina. He was saved at a young age, and he submitted to the call to preach in the year 2000. He was one of the first students to attend New England Baptist College where he completed his ministry training. God has blessed him with a wonderful wife, Sarah, and four children.

Dr. Barry J. Brown, Academic V.P. of New England Baptist College

Dr. Barry J. Brown and his wife Lynn received Christ in 1972. Responding to a call to preach and leaving a secular career in engineering, he graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1974. He served on church staffs for the next five years, as Youth Pastor in Michigan and as Bus Director in Georgia. In 1980, the Lord led Pastor Brown to plant the White Oak Baptist Church in Stratford, CT where he served for twenty-four years, guiding the church from its first service through two building programs and the development of a wide range of ministries. Pastor Brown earned a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies at Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001. Believing that God would have him train future generations of Christian servants, in 2004 he accepted the opportunity to serve under Dr. Townsley at Central Baptist Church and to teach at New England Baptist College.

Michael Winningham

Michael Winningham, Music Director

Michael Winningham is the Music Director at Central Baptist Church. Michael grew up in Maine and attended Pensacola Christian College where he received his bachelor's degree in music education. He has also completed a MA in choral conducting at PCC where he met his wife, Danielle. They have two children.

Jared Petrie, Youth Pastor

Mr. Petrie grew up in a Christian home in Saratoga Springs, New York and was saved at a young age. Jared then came to New England Baptist College where he met and married his wife, Anna. He graduated with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Pastoral Theology and feels that God is leading him to eventually pastor a church in the Northeast.