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. Simultaneously Dr. Downing was an adjunct professor in the Evans-Smith Institute at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and served the Citizens’ Advisory Council of the Juvenile Court.
In the year 2000 God called him to pastor the Sixth Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Through the blessed privilege of eleven years serving God’s people there the church’s ministries, membership and community outreach doubled while its missionary identity locally, nationally and abroad was reclaimed. In Pittsburgh Dr. Downing volunteered with Boards of Directors, social service agencies, schools, community development corporations and organizations purposed to uplift urban areas. Dr. Downing was an adjunct professor at both Point Park University and the Pittsburgh Extension of the American Baptist Seminary. On a pastor’s retreat he retraced a portion of the missionary journey of the Apostle Paul. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and served with Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention in Haiti during earthquake recovery in 2010.
Rev. Downing and First Lady Nichelle
In March of 2011 God called Dr. Downing to become the tenth pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. New Hope has engaged the vision of becoming a congregation known for Inspiring Hope in Christ.
Dr. Downing serves as a Denver Days Ambassador for the City and County of Denver, the Manual Thought Partners and Colorado State Congress of Christian Education in the Western States Baptist Convention. Dr. Downing has recently 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.