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Linda M. Downing


3124 Manatee Drive

Sebring, FL 33870-1580






Master of Arts in Biblical Literature

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Springfield, MO


Bachelor of Arts in English

Summa Cum Laude

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL


Work Experience


May 2000 to Present


Minister/President, Christian Training Ministries, Inc., Sebring, FL; non-denominational church and ministry. Freelance Writer; co-author of The Gate of Prayer, published by Christian International, Santa Rosa Beach, FL; also published in

The Upper Room, Vital Christianity, Christian Retailing, The Christian Communicator. Newspaper column beginning 12/06 entitled “Side-By-Side: Seeking Simple Truth” for Highlands Today section of the Tampa Tribune.  


1994-2000       Freelance Writer


1991-1994       Worked for Central Florida Health Care, Avon Park, FL;  positions included administrative assistant to the Chief Medical Officer; Finance Director; and Chief Operations Officer.  


1980-1990       Minister/President, Total Word Ministries, Inc., Lake Placid, FL; Non-denominational church and ministry, which included Bible teaching tapes, radio program, record album; adjunct Humanities teacher for South Florida Community College, Avon Park, FL.  


1975-1979       English teacher, secondary schools; Highlands County, FL. 


1972-1975       Substitute teacher; Highlands County, FL. 


1969-1971       Student secretary and research assistant, English Department,

Southern State College, Magnolia, ARK.


1967-1968       Customer Relations, First National Bank, Wauchula, FL. 




Rev. Linda M. Downing is the founder and leader of Christian Training Ministries, Inc., a nondenominational ministry located in Sebring, Florida, and member of Christian International Apostolic Network.  She holds a B.A. in English from Florida Southern College and an M.A. in Biblical Literature from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.  Her background supports her desire to cross denominational and cultural barriers:  granddaughter of a Southern Baptist minister, pulpit training under a Methodist minister, instruction in Israel under a Benedictine priest, and nondenominational ordination through Christian International, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  


Rev. Downing’s years in ministry have included the production of a gospel record album, Bible teaching tapes, and a radio program.  In addition, she is a Christian writer who has published articles in The Upper Room, Vital Christianity, Christian Retailing, and The Christian Communicator.   A book she co-authored with Martha Lucia, The Gate of Prayer, was published in 2001 by Christian International Ministries and commended to the Church by its Bishop Bill Hamon. In December 2006 she began writing a newspaper column entitled “Side-By-Side: Seeking Simple Truth” for the Highlands Today section of the Tampa Tribune.  


With an emphasis on sound Bible teaching, a vision to establish Bible training for the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11), as well as the whole Body of Christ, Rev. Downing calls forth the “100% Church,” a prophetic ministry with an apostolic heart.  Check out the website of Christian Training Ministries at  



"The Truth is heavy; therefore few care to carry it."  Anonymous