Reverend Dr. Eugene Downing
Reverend Dr. Eugene Downing is a native of New Jersey and alum of North Carolina A&T State University. He completed a 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 was reestablished. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, served missionary work in Haitian earthquake recovery, traced steps of the Apostle Paul, volunteered with organizations to uplift urban areas and taught as an adjunct professor at Point Park University.
In March of 2011 God called Dr. Downing to become the tenth pastor of New Hope where he cast God's 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, Denver Public Schools, American Baptist Churches, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature and morning devotion with the Colorado State Senate. New Hope has identified new vision, mission and established additional new ministries that glorify God while serving the community. His missionary work continued with Central Philippine University and church construction in Guadalajara, Mexico. He published a book entitled Navigating Life with God and launched dreugenedowning.org to further reach others for Christ.
God has blessed him with a loving wife, Nichelle, who holds a Master's in Information Technology Degree and works in Information Systems for the Veterans Administration. Nichelle openly shares her journey with women through her website, blog and published articles. Dr. Downing and Nichelle are grateful parents of two wonderful daughters. Together they've come to enjoy the Denver metro area, Rocky Mountain destinations and serving the people of New Hope and surrounding community.