Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reverend Willie Woodson...Mentor,Educator,Pastor,Radio Evangelist,Community Leader,Air Force Veteran


Reverend Willie Woodson is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia Union University, a Master of Divinity degree from the School of Theology of Virginia Union University and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and a Doctorate in Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.

Reverend Woodson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1971.

Reverend Woodson pastors the congregation of First United Presbyterian Church, North Avenue, Richmond, where he has served for twenty-seven years. Several ministries have been developed or re-developed during his administration, namely, engaging the congregation in a mission study called “Vision For A Vital Church”, broadening the concept and ministry of Christian Education, introducing and supporting the congregation through a year-long study on “How to Become A Tithing Church”; supporting a new approach to evangelism; initiating a Summer Day Camp; improving the Youth and Children’s Ministry; and initiating plans for a new Community/Educational building.

He is the past President of the Richmond Committee of Ecumenical Clergy. Rev. Woodson has served on the Mission Organizational Task Force during the restructuring of the Presbytery of the James, Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Salt Lake City, Utah and on the Search Committee for the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of the James. He facilitated a mission study and developed a Day Care Center for Thyne Memorial Presbyterian Church, Chase City, Virginia. He is a supervisor with the Office of Field Education and Placement of Students from Union Presbyterian Seminary and Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University. He is the past Moderator of the Black Caucus of the Presbytery of the James. Rev. Woodson served on the Redevelopment and Revitalization Committee of the Presbytery of the James. He also has participated on mission studies in Guatemala and Nicaragua in Central America, China, Korea, and Ghana, West Africa.

While his church duties keep him very busy, he still finds time to contribute to the Richmond Community. He served on the Richmond Public School’s Strategic Planning Group, Commission on Architectural Review Board, Board of Directors of “One To One Mentorship and many more. He is a Lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Chaplain of Richmond Crusade for Voters. He has served on the Commission on Crime. Rev. Woodson was an adjunct instructor for University of Lynchburg, Petersburg site, teaching Evangelism and Missions.

He was a member on the Board off Directors for Boaz and Ruth and Noah (Northside Outreach Affordable Housing). Rev. Woodson also has mentored students at Henderson Middle School. While serving as Executive Director of Living the Dream, Inc. for ten years, the name of the organization was changed from Martin Luther King Community Learning Week to Living the Dream, Inc. with a new organizational structure, as well as vision and mission statements. Living the Dream, Inc has been extended to a year round program with emphasis on a two year “Youth Leadership Development Program”. 

Reverend Woodson is the author of the booklet “Can I Get A Witness”, co-author of “Beams of Heaven As I Go”, author of “Contextually Grounded Evangelism” and inventor of a board game called “Christo”. He was honored to render the eulogy for the last surviving "Buffalo Soldier", Trooper Jones Morgan. Rev. Woodson was the receipt of Verizon’s Humanitarian Award in 2008. He participated on The Institute For Reformed Theology Colloquy for 2006, “Race and the Reformed Tradition”, a Week Seminar on Evangelism sponsored by Billy Graham Crusade in November, 2006

Rev. Woodson was an instructor for Virginia University of Lynchburg, Petersburg site teaching Evangelism and Missions.