Rev. Dr. Sharon Downer is a licensed and ordained minister in the AmericanBaptistChurch. Her acute insights into biblical texts, post-modern faith and the church’s missional identity have been recognized both nationally and internationally. Currently, Dr. Downer serves as the Associate Pastor of the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, where she oversees the Music, Small Group and Mentoring ministries. When not occupied with the demands of local church ministry, Dr. Downer frequents as an itinerant preacher and a pulpit supply minister for the American Baptist Churches Metro New York. In addition, she is a Board Certified Chaplain and is presently employed by Visiting Nurse Service of New York as a Spiritual Care Counselor.
A dynamic and profound communicator of the preached Word, Dr. Downer’s relevant and calculated delivery of the gospel message has made her a much sought after speaker and facilitator at retreats and conferences across a wide range of settings where she addresses issues particularly related to “Women, Youth and Singles.”
Prior to assuming full time ministry as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Dr. Downer earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Long IslandUniversity, which was followed by a successful career in Corporate America spanning two decades. After accepting the call to ministry, Dr. Downer attended the New York Theological Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity degree and later the Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Wynnewood Pennsylvania, where she received a Doctorate in Ministry degree in the “Renewal of the Church for Missions.”
Having been the recipient of a rich legacy of faith passed down to her, as the daughter of Wilfred and Henrietta Downer (both ministers of the gospel), Dr. Downer carries an immense concern and passion for mentoring today’s younger generation. Indeed, it was this very passion that served as the impetus for pursuing doctoral research in the area of “Blockages to Faith Formation in the lives of Youth in a Postmodern World.” Dr. Downer’s research and experience in the area of youth-related ministries is extensive, having served in various youth-related capacities over the years including Program Coordinator for the Montego Bay Youth for Christ, Jamaica, West Indies, Director of Christian Education for the Lenox Road Baptist Church and a training consultant for churches regarding youth-related ministry.
As a woman who possesses a unique array of gifts, Dr. Downer has been the recipient of several awards and public citations for inspiring leadership and faithful service to the spiritual needs of her community. Above all, her ultimate desire is to be in absolute surrender to God’s perfect will for her life, hence fulfilling her purpose in the Kingdom of God.