About Bert Downs

A proverb in the Downs household is that Bert still works for everyone he ever worked for . . . and that’s very close to the truth. At various times a high school teacher and principal, a football coach, the vice president for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, a WTB seminar instructor, a seminary staff and faculty member, a seminary president, the executive director of a conference center, a regional exec for a church association, a seminary chancellor and an interim pastor multiple times over, Bert still periodically engages in all of those things, often with the original groups he started with! Bert and his wife Alice now live in Washington State. From there Alice operates a business she launched in 2012, and Bert continues serving as Chancellor of Western Seminary, the regional coach for Southwest Church Connection and a personal coach/consultant for individuals and groups throughout the West.


Shepherding a “Heritage” Ministry


The conference call was scheduled to last 30 minutes.  Instead, it lasted two hours with a planned continuance to come later.  The focus of the call involved leading what my ministry colleague called a “heritage” church . . . a church that once had a thriving ministry that reached and led many unchurched neighbors to…
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