Reverend Dr. Eugene M. Downing, Jr.
Reverend Dr. Eugene M. Downing, Jr. is a native of New Jersey and alum of North Carolina A&T State University. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. While matriculating there, he studied briefly in Ghana, West Africa and served as assistant pastor of the First Baptist Church of South Richmond where the Honorable Rev. Dr. Dwight Jones is senior pastor. In the year 2000 God called him to pastor the Sixth Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where eleven years serving God's people saw the church's ministries, membership and community outreach doubled while its missionary identity locally, nationally and abroad was reestablished. In Pittsburgh Dr. Downing served Boards of Directors, schools and organizations purposed to uplift urban areas while also an adjunct professor at both Point Park University as well as the Pittsburgh Extension of the American Baptist Seminary. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, retraced a portion of the missionary journey of the Apostle Paul and did mission work in Haiti during earthquake recovery in 2010.
In March of 2011 God called Dr. Downing to become the tenth pastor of New Hope which has embraced the vision of becoming a congregation known for Inspiring Hope in Christ. Dr. Downing has served in various capacities with the Gathering Place, Denver Days Ambassadors for the City and County of Denver, Manual HS Thought Partners, One George Committee at Geo. Washington HS, Colorado State Congress of Christian Education in the Western States Baptist Convention, American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains, Central Philippine University, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature and morning devotion with the Colorado State Senate. In 2015 Dr. Downing published his first book entitled Navigating Life with God.
God has blessed him with a loving wife, Nichelle, and they are the grateful parents of two wonderful children. Nichelle, is a personable, unpretentious, warm-hearted woman of God. As a professional woman, wife and mother, Nichelle openly shares her journey with women through her website, blog and published articles.