Milton City Council honors Bishop Cecil Downing of Shepherd’s House Ministries

Published on August 08, 2018 with 1 Comment

At the August 6 Executive Committee meeting, the Milton City Council honored Bishop Cecil Downing of Shepherd’s House Ministries, located at 5739 Stewart Street.

Bishop Downing successfully operated the ministry for 20 years, helping the homeless and feeding the hungry but would be closing its doors soon, along with their outreach food pantry ministry. The food pantry, according to Sister Darlene Downing, Cecil’s wife, feeds approximately 300+ people per month.

Councilwoman Sharon Holley spoke of the trials and triumphs the congregation faced through the years. She said the city is appreciative of his faithfulness compassion to both his congregants and local community.

Downing said the ministry was closing its doors due to the death of the owner of the property, of whom he had a verbal rental agreement. The new owner offered the church to purchase the property at a sell price of $200k.


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  1. This was a very sorry day that the community lost these two wonderful people. Bishop Downing and his wife, Sister Darlene, were the kindest most loving ,caring, and faithful in their ministry. Bishop Downing made sure that no one ever went hungry or that if you needed prayer, whatever, he was here to help! I, for one will miss them both as they have been made to leave!! God has his hands on them and they will come back stronger than before!! God Bless them both!!

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