Bert Downs, D.D.
Leadership Development Specialist
It is Downs household proverb: Bert still works for everyone who once employed him. At various times a high school teacher and principal, a football coach, the Walk Thru the Bible Ministries vice-president, seminary staff, faculty member and president, the executive director of a conference center, regional exec for a church association, seminary chancellor and interim pastor multiple times over, he still periodically engages in all those arenas, sometimes with the original groups!
Bert and his wife Alice live in Hoodsport, Washington near the families of their two children. Alice keeps family and friend connections fresh and active, and Bert fulfills roles serving Western Seminary’s Center for Leadership Development part time and fulfilling projects for ministry and professional groups.
In June 2019 Alice and Bert celebrated 50 years of marriage. The early days of marriage made room for careers, travel, and adventure, but not much room for Jesus. However, a short leave of absence from the world of careers led to a long-term call into Christian ministry. In 1975 a faith journey began, one that would impact the lives of individuals and organizations that would experience the Downs’ unique gifts as agents of change and renewal. And the journey continues.