Joliet pastor in his 80s still preaching and reaching out

David Downey at Timbers of Shorewood

SHOREWOOD, IL – Sixty-eight years after preaching his first sermon, David Downey still is sharing the Gospel with anyone who will listen.

Downey said he has preached in Joliet churches and on the shores of Lake Michigan – and everywhere in between. He went door to door to reach out to people in Joliet neighborhoods in need of religion. He has played a role in establishing area churches, including Paxton Avenue Christian and Forest Park.

Although officially retired, Downey continues to preach and at age 84 is beginning services at the senior living facility Timbers of Shorewood, at the request of his 88-year-old brother who lives there.

Downey even had his first sermon ready.

“I will be preaching on, ‘Life begins at 80,’ ” Downey said, noting Moses was that age when he encountered God in the burning bush. Read more in the Joliet Herald News >

By Kevin Beese
The Herald News – Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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