Harvey Allan Town, beloved retired minister and Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) District Superintendent, pastor to pastors, stepped into the presence of our Lord and Saviour on Dec. 8, 2020.
He was born on October 23, 1933 in Portal, ND to Stanley and Beulah Town. Harvey was the youngest of 4 children. Harvey graduated from Polson H.S. in 1951. He graduated from Canadian Bible College (CBC)(1951-55) with a Bch. of Theology & International Ministry, attended Japanese language school in Kobe, Japan 1958-1960. He was ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance at age 21. Harvey pastored in Alberta at Barrhead Alliance and Beulah Alliance in Edmonton, AB also at First Alliance in Great Falls, MT. He was the C&MA Superintendent for the Western Canadian District 1981-1990. Then he became the C&MA Superintendent of the US Rocky Mountain District 1990-1999. He enjoyed 43 years of ministry from 1956-1999.
Retired and returned “home” to the Mission Valley Dec. 31, 1999. He was a published author of Jesus, Talk of the Town. He served on college & seminary boards for 20 years. He was a CBC alumnus of the year in 1987.
Harvey loved hunting & fishing and recreational activities of every kind. His outings with his three sons & many grandsons were the highlight of his life.
Harvey and Joyce met in the Ronan C&MA church as teenagers in 1951. They were soon close friends, both graduated from CBC and were married in June of 1955. Their combined enthusiasm and accomplishments made a significant impact wherever they served.
Harvey’s deep love, faith & integrity has been an encouragement to his church friends, District pastors & wives and to his family! Harvey is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Joyce Lee Lewis Town. Also his children: Steve (Edie) in Tokyo, Terry (Nancy) in Tennessee, Michele in Alberta, Mike in Missouri, Francy in Great Falls, Rhonda (Mike) in Germany, Sandra (Wade) in Alberta. 26 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and his brother Joe Town in Oregon. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Rae Bell Hughey, his brother Bill Town and five year-old grand-daughter Mary Town.
A memorial service to celebrate Harvey’s life will be held Dec. 19th, 2020 at Terrace Lake Community Church (C&MA) in Ronan. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the C&M Great Commission Fund, care of the Terrace Lake Community Church, in Harvey’s honor.
For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live-streamed over the internet, beginning at 10:30 AM, on December 19. Go to http://www.tlcchurchronan.com/harveytown
We look forward to your participation with us.