Meet D’ana Downing
Master of Divinity
I was raised in the Washington, D.C. area and am a proud alum of the University of the District of Columbia (BA English, ‘05), and Trinity University (MSA organizational development/nonprofit management). I enjoy traveling and curating travel experiences for friends and keeping the party going as DJ Dhyana.
Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett-Evangelical in particular?
I am in the ordination process in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Indiana Annual Conference. I decided to attend Garrett-Evangelical because it felt like this was the place where God was calling me to be. I was also excited to learn from Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, whose article, “In Search of Living Waters: The Seven Spiritual Yearnings of Youth,” spoke to my heart’s song and desire to minister to young adults. I also know several Garrett-Evangelical alumni (Revs. Christal Bell, Arionne Williams, Jeremiah Gibbs) who encouraged me to consider applying.
What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?
My cohort is amazing. The strong community that we have developed in our first semester is awe-inspiring. We all know that God has brought us together for a reason, and we need each other in our respective ministry journeys.
How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
I know that God is truly doing a new thing in me and in the lives of my classmates. This experience will provide me with the foundation I need to lead and serve with a bold confidence to facilitate courageous conversations leading to transformational change in the Church.
Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?
Prior to coming to seminary, I spent two years as a career advisor at the University of Indianapolis, helping students discover their unique passion, purpose, and what makes them shine, and I now currently serve as a graduate assistant, working with the Black/African American student population in the office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. I see myself in higher education in a role that helps to create community for students from marginalized identities as they navigate the university experience.