District Elder Levi S. Downs
District Elder Levi S. Downs succeeded the late Suffragan Bishop Nathan McAllister as the spiritual leader and pastor of Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church of Duquesne. At the tender age of 19 Pastor Downs was baptized in the Name of Jesus at The Greater Bethlehem Temple Church of Pittsburgh, received the Holy Ghost, and began his faithful Christian journey under the directional guides of the late Bishop F.M. Thomas.
Upon graduating high school, Pastor Downs married his high school sweetheart Ruth E. Hobby, later joined the army in 1965, and began his venture as a United States Army Soldier. After Pastor Downs served his time in the army, he built his professional and business acumen as an Allstate Insurance agent where he worked until he retired in 2009.
As committed member of The Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, of Pittsburgh Pastor and Sister Downs both served fervently in countless positions. Pastor Downs most notably held positions as a Sunday School teacher, the Superintendent, and a trustee. He was a member of the Gospel Choir, the Male Chorus, and a head cook at Bethlehem Temple.