Pastor Woody was born in Virginia, but has made Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church his home since July 1980. Pastor Woody retired as Senior Pastor in October 2018 after faithfully serving for 38 years in this role. Before returning to part-time ministry at the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church as Pastor of Adult Discipleship in March 2019, Pastor Woody enjoyed a four month sabbatical for rest and renewal.
Pastor Woody’s wife, Kim, is a licensed psychologist and has training as a Spiritual Director (a form of spiritual mentoring, also called “Holy Listening”). Woody and Kim have three sons and a daughter-in-law: Christopher, Zachary, Jesse and Holly. When he finds a few minutes to relax, Woody can most likely be found on the golf course (if there’s anything less than a monsoon or blizzard) or playing chess.
Pastor Woody’s education includes an Associate of Arts degree from Emmanuel Junior College, Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama, Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, as well as a Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.
Photo by Muriel Kratz