Rev. Dr. Virgil M. Woods has been the proud husband of Teresa Woods, RN for 27 years. They have two beautiful children, Carissa and Virgil, both rgraduates of Iowa State University and they are his proudest accomplishment.

Dr. Woods holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Upper Iowa University.  He also earned a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctorate of Ministry from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University.

He is also the author of three books, “You’re the Pastor, Now What?”, “Think Like a Fish:  Seeing your Church through the Eyes of the Unchurched” and “The 30 Day God Challenge: 30 Days to Spiritual Fitness”, all of which are available on

Dr. Woods enjoys being an AME pastor and has been such for almost twenty years.  He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of First AME Church in Gary, Indiana and the Director of Church Growth and Evangelism for the Fourth Episcopal District.

He has served his community in a number of capacities including the Boys and Girls Club Board, Golden Apple Board and Chairman of the Alpha Phi Alpha Martin Luther King Scholarship Program designed to serve African-American males going to college.  He was recognized by Rockford’s Minority Business Owners as Community Leader of the Year in 2010.

He enjoys reading, graphic design, photography, golf and video games.  His personal motto is “No Unemployed Christians”; emphasizing his firm belief that everyone has a role in building God’s Kingdom.

His preaching style is informative, inspiring, entertaining and is often described as “keeping it real”.  His greatest joy is knowing that someone’s life has been improved as a result of God’s work through him.

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