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Residence Life at Messiah College

Dave Downey



Director of Residence Life



Dave joined the Messiah College family in August of 2010

10 things to know about Dave:

1. My relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. I came to know Christ at a young age, but within the past 3 years have begun to realize that Christianity is a radical life commitment that requires action.


2. I am extremely excited to be an RD, and I beileve that God has specifically called me to Residence Life work in higher education. I view being an RD as a unique ministry because of the ability to literally live among the people I am serving.


3.. I LOVE to both play and watch sports I especially love to play basketball, tennis, golf, and run.


4. James is my favorit book of the Bible. I absolutely love the convicting life applications that are packed into every verse. I especially like James 2:14-26 which discusses how good deeds validate our faith.


5. I am married to my high school sweetheart. I started dating Emily when I was a junior in high school, and we finally got married last summer after my first year of grad school. She is amazing.


6. I was born and raised in Vernon Hills, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have two amazing parents and two brothers who are my best friends.


7. I went to Taylor University for both my undergraduate (Social Studies Education) and graduate degree (Higher Education and Student Development). I hope God can use the skills I learned to advance his Kingdom here at Messiah.


8. I LOVE the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose is by far my favorite current athlete . . . and Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever. No questions asked.


9. I love music. My favorite album of all time is “Keep it Together” by Guster.


10. If I were being executed tomorrow and had only one meal left, I would eat tons of Chicago style deep dish pizza, a perfectly flame kissed bratwurst, and cookie dough ice cream for dessert.

Contact Information:
Dave Downey
Director of Residence Life
Suite 4052, Messiah College
One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Tel.: (717) 796-5239

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.