Phil Downer is a Marine Machine Gunner, Combat Veteran from Viet Nam, lawyer, author, father and grandfather who has spoken to more than 240,000 members of the U.S. Military since 2003.
A popular speaker at men’s events, he is the author of Eternal Impact: Investing in the Lives of Others, A Father’s Reward, Optimize Your Marriage, Brave, Strong and Tender, and From Hell To Eternity: Life After Trauma – which he co-authored with his wife Susy and with two of their children, Paul and Anna. He served as president of CBMC, a nationwide non-profit organization, for a decade. He and Susy are co-authors with Dave and Teresa Ferguson of Unlimited Partnership: Building Intimacy & Teamwork Into Your Marriage. Phil is also the editor and coauthor of Effective Men’s Ministry. Phil’s story was also featured in the award-winning Day Of Discovery TV series The War Within.
Paul serves as the Director of Church Ministry for Discipleship Network of America and as a pastor of a thriving Anglican church called The Mission Chattanooga.
Paul attended Bryan College as a Presidential Scholar where the faculty selected him from among his classmates three years in a row to receive the P.A. Boyd Award for Influence & Character. After receiving academic awards from both Bible and Business departments, Paul graduated magna cum laude from Bryan College in 2005 with a B.A. in Bible and a B.S. in Business Administration, and he holds a MA in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Paul and his wife, Rachel, have one daughter named Lilla.