Hello! My name is Gini Downing, and I’ve been a member of Ventura Vineyard since its inception. I currently serve as a member of the pastoral team, the teaching team, and as an elder and member of the board of directors. And, you’ll see me playing keyboards a couple times a month as well.
My passion is in the area of Spiritual Formation. I frequently teach classes and workshops on prayer, worship, spiritual formation, and spiritual disciplines, and have written a number of devotional guides and handbooks for the Vineyard. I am also a certified Spiritual Director, Spiritual Director Supervisor, and lead people through the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.
A California girl from birth, I currently live in Thousand Oaks with Ben, my husband of over 45 years. Whenever I have a chance, I love to read, garden, and spend time with my 2 children and their families, including my 5 grandchildren.
I love Ventura Vineyard, because it is a safe place for each of us to process our faith, wherever we are on that journey. I find myself continually stretched and being invited to think outside my box, and have found in Ventura Vineyard a loving community that supports me and encourages me in my desire to become more and more like Jesus.