The Rev. Patricia S. Downing is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington, a diverse, vibrant community of faith that worships in two languages and in two locations. While she has served there, Trinity/Old Swedes Parish has continued to energetically engage the Gospel in its urban setting and undergone a $2.5 million renovation, and Old Swedes Parish has become part of the First State National Historic Park.
Before coming to Trinity in 2008, she was the rector of Good Shepherd Church in Silver Spring, Maryland for 12 years.
In addition to her ministry at Trinity, Patty is an active leader in the Diocese of Delaware and in the city of Wilmington. She has served as president of the Standing Committee, vice-chair of the Diocesan Council, and a member of the Finance Committee as well as other roles in the diocese. In the city, Patty serves on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, and she is a member of the Wilmington Rotary. In the wider church, she is a deputy to General Convention; a member of the Program, Budget and Finance Committee; and a trustee of The General Theological Seminary.
Born and raised in Laurel, Maryland, she received her B.A. from the University of Vermont where she majored in both Asian studies and political science, and she received her M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary in New York.
Patty has been married to Dickie since 1995. Their dog Pal serves as chief greeter and defender against squirrels in their home in Wilmington. Patty enjoys golf, horseback riding, traveling, and good food.