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Meet Our Staff

Bro. Chris Downing & family


Bro. Chris Downing has served as our senior pastor since September 2016. He is originally from Calvert City, Kentucky. Bro Chris comes to New Harmony with a great deal of experience. He has served churches from three different states including: Walnut Baptist Church, Jeffersonville, IN, First Baptist Church, La Center, KY and now at New Harmony Baptist Church, Paris, TN. He is 2001 graduate of Murray State University with a bachelors in public relations and a minor in marketing. He is also a 2005 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian Education.

Bro Chris enjoys watching University of Kentucky sports, especially basketball. He loves spending time with his family and his favorite vacation spot is going to the beach. His favorite verse in the Bible is Isaiah 40:8: The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

He has been married to his best friend Alisa Downing since March 2001. They have one daughter Ella.

Rusty Turner


Rusty has been attending New Harmony for many years and is currently serving as Deacon Chairman and is an adult Sunday School teacher. He and his wife, Tracy, have been married 35 years and have 2 children, Trent (Tara) and Carrie (Cody) Black. Rusty also works in our Awana program as well as serving on several committees.

Linda Maynard

Ministry Assistant

Linda has been working in the New Harmony office since 1998. She has 3 daughters, Angie (David) Pointer, Melanie (Chad) Gilbertson, Beth (Jeremy) Harris, and 4 granddaughters, Jocelyn, Lucy and Evie Pointer and Kelsey Gilbertson.

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