Pastor Dick Woodward (1930-2014)

Dick Woodward became a pastor in 1956. Working with others he founded the Virginia Beach Community Chapel in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he served for more than 20 years. In 1979, he was called to assist two founding elders in planting the Williamsburg Community Chapel in Williamsburg, Virginia. During his tenure, the Chapel grew from 22 members to an attendance of more than 1,000.

While a student at Biola University, Dick was befriended by the late Dr. J. Vernon McGee, who would be a lifetime friend, mentor and influence on Dick and his ministry. Following his college studies, Dick interned with Ray Stedman, a man Chuck Swindoll called one of the most influential people in his life.

In 1970, Dick began a business and professional men’s weekly breakfast meeting in the Norfolk area that grew in attendance to more than 350 men. He taught the Scriptures on a weekly and daily basis on commercial television stations in the Norfolk, Virginia area for more than 15 years.

In 1980, Dick was diagnosed with a degenerative disease of the spinal cord, originally thought to be multiple sclerosis. That illness was the impetus for Dick to bring to audio, video and print form the systematic Bible survey curriculum he had been teaching for decades. The resulting collection of teaching, called the Mini Bible College, has been translated into 31 languages.

Pastor Woodward was a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, five children, three of whom are married, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was a graduate of Biola University in California and did graduate work at San Jose State University and Dallas Theological Seminary.

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