Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Downs taught at Philadelphia College of Bible in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also served as chair of the department of Christian education. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Canadian Theological Seminary in Saskatchewan, North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Malaysian Biblical Seminary in Kuala Lumpur, and Daystar University in Nairobi. Dr. Downs has also been interim pastor in ten churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois. His areas of expertise include faith development, moral development, moral education, and spiritual formation. Dr. Downs and his wife, Sandra, have three children and have been foster parents to more than thirty children. They reside in Wildwood, Illinois. In his spare time, Dr. Downs enjoys fishing.
Dr. Downs’s published works include many books, articles, reviews, and audio tapes. Among them is his book Teaching for Spiritual Growth (Zondervan, 1994). His articles have appeared in such publications as Eternity, Journal of Christian Education, Moody Monthly, and Christianity Today. Dr. Downs has written a five-chapter section in The Christian Education of Adults, edited by Gilbert A. Peterson (Moody, 1984), as well as chapters in several other works, including The Complete Book of Youth Ministry (Moody, 1987), edited by Trinity faculty members Warren Benson and Mark Senter. From 1997 to 2003 he served as the editor of Christian Education Journal. Dr. Downs contributed two chapters to Healing the Children of War (MARC).
Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements
Dr. Downs is a member of the National Association of Professors of Christian Education, the Religious Education Association, and the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education.