Dr. Jerry Wood
“I see the God of the scriptures at work throughout the world. In the pulpit, I want to share my understanding of God’s Word by using examples in our culture and everyday life to creatively reflect on life’s meaning and God’s promises.”
“This life is a journey and ‘rightly lived’ can be full of wonderful discoveries: comfort when needed, challenges when called for, opportunities to meaningfully serve and in all of this - fun along the way.” “Church is about relationships. It exists to bring us together to share our spiritual journey with other people, who aren’t hermits, but want to travel along the road of life in the company of those striving to be God-loving people.”
I am passionate about faith, as the ground of our being and love as the purpose of our journey. Growing up in a parsonage as a preacher’s kid, I experienced the church as an extension of my family. In our medium size church here at Sixth Avenue, we are not too big to be a family to one another. As an ordained United Methodist minister who has served churches in Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana, I have also spent a number of years in higher education. From a college chaplain to a college president, God has given me a number of places and different ways to serve him. Everywhere, I have seen evidence of God’s hand bringing love out of all conditions of life even: out of tragedy, out of hate and out of confusion.
I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, kayaking, pickle ball and sports. I have a fascination with Abraham Lincoln and presently have approximately 250 volumes on every aspect of Lincoln’s life and ideas. I have traveled extensively including visiting 15 countries from Israel to China. The wonderful diversity of people and places God has created leads me to affirm the vastness of God’s good creation. I have two children, Shawn in Lynchburg, VA. and Heather in Pittsburgh, PA. There are four grandchildren, Jamison, Bradeyn, Camryn and Austin, who are the apple of my eye.