1981, Pastor Downing gave his life to Christ and was baptized at St. John Missionary Baptist Church located in New Bern, N.C.

Upon graduating from high school, Sr. Pastor Downing enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he retired after serving 20 years in 2002. His military career afforded him the opportunity to be a soldier for the U.S. Army as well as an Ambassador for Christ. In 1983 he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Honduras Central America. In 1994 while stationed in South Korea he accepted the call to preach the gospel.

Sr. Pastor Downing was licensed as a minister in 1996 and ordained an Elder in 1999 by the Bethesda Full Gospel Baptist Church located in Chester, VA. He has served in many ministries as well as served in his community. He was found faithful and God promoted him once again.

In 2001, God pulled at Pastor Downing’s heart regarding ministry. God showed him visions about his future and his next call to Pastorship. In 2002, Victorious Christian Living Ministries (VCLM) was birthed. Sr. Pastor Downing along with his wife serves as Pastor and founders of VCLM which is a Non-denominational and multi-culture, multi-ethnic ministry located in Hopewell, VA. VCLM is an exciting growing teaching ministry and God has given Pastor Downing a mandate to train up the people of God to be victorious in every area of their lives according to 1 John 5:4.

Sr. Pastor Downing is also passionate about training up leaders to serve in excellence at all times. He conducts Ministry of Excellence (MOE) workshops and conferences in order to inform the body of Christ of the importance of working in the Kingdom of God with an excellent Spirit. Pastor Downing is an author and his highly anticipated book “Journey II Prosperity”, will be released soon. He is also pursuing a Master Degree in Theology from Life Christian University located in Lutz, Fl.

Sr. Pastor Downing is married to the former Pamela J. Smith, a native of New Haven, CT. and resides in Colonial
Heights, VA. He is also the proud parent of four children and three grandchildren.

Sr. Pastor Downing’s life can be summed up in Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise
ye the Lord.”