Dr. David E. Downs
Dr. David Downs became the Superintendent for the West Texas District in September 2011 after serving as Superintendent of the East Ohio District for 10 years. He previously pastored in Texas at the Dallas First Church of the Nazarene from 1994-1998 before moving to Canton, Ohio, to serve as senior pastor of Canton First Church. He became East Ohio District superintendent in the summer of 2001 and a member of the denomination’s General Board in 2009. His early pastorates included churches in Hominy, Oklahoma; Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Owego, New York.
David and his wife, Susan, also served as Nazarene missionaries to South Korea, where David was a professor at what is now Korea Nazarene College.
He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in religion, and of Nazarene Theological Seminary, earning Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Susan is a fiction acquisitions editor for Guideposts and a published author. She formerly served as an international adoption program coordinator and licensed social worker.
The Downs have five adult children and five grandchildren.