Denise Downes, Director of Children & Family Ministry 

Denise and her family have been members of St. John’s since they moved to Edwardsville in 2005. In 2008 she was the Assistant Youth Director at St. John’s. She assumed the newly-created position of Directory of Children and Family Ministries in January 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Ecology and a Master of Social Work – both from the University of Illinois. She was an elementary school social worker for eight years and worked as a youth director for another church for three years, in addition to all her volunteer work along the way. For more information about St. John’s Children and Family Ministry e-mail Denise at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .