Pastor S. Lee Downing & First Lady Debra Downing
S. Lee Downing is a native of Plymouth, NC and the son of Mildred D. Downing and the late William F. Downing. Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served with distinction for twenty years and retired honorably on August 31, 1991.
On October 30, 1974, he made the most important decision of his life when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Years later, he answered God’s call to preach the gospel and was ordained by the Union Baptist Association in May 1993. After serving as pastor of the Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Cerro Gordo, NC, God reassigned him as Pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Fayetteville, NC from March 1, 1995 to the present. During his ministry of over 22 years, God has given significant increase in spiritual growth, membership and financial stewardship. The Lord has given a new vision to include 17 new ministries, and a multi-layered Outreach Ministry. Pastor Downing is a servant leader to the body of Christ, the community and beyond, serving in various capacities.
He is a graduate of Methodist College, (Bachelor of Science), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, (Master of Divinity).
Pastor Downing is married to Debra, whom he cherishes as the “First Lady of his life” for over 46 loving years as they continue to grow in grace and serve the Lord together. God has also richly blessed them with 3 adult children, 2 sons-in-law, 1 daughter in-law, and five energetic grandsons.
Thanks be unto God for His abundant grace and manifold blessings!