Jeff Woods

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Dr. C. Jeff Woods serves as Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Prior to serving as Interim General Secretary, Woods served as Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries. In this role, Dr. Woods worked to encourage the health and vitality of the 33 regional judicatories coast to coast throughout the United States. Other denominational positions include serving as the Executive Minister of the Ohio Region and four pastorates within the ABC Region of Indiana.

Dr. Woods earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1987 majoring in both higher education administration and educational inquiry methodology. He also holds a M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. from Purdue University in Management and Statistics. Scholarships and fellowships allowed his entire education to be tuition free. Over the years, he has furthered his education with additional courses and training at various institutions including the renowned Tavistock Institute in Leicestershire, England. He holds a certification as a master facilitator and several other certifications in personality and organizational assessment.

Also an author, his formal publications are comprised of seven books with publishing houses that include Judson Press, Chalice Press, and the Alban Institute and over thirty articles in both popular and refereed journals in the areas of leadership and organizational development, and research design.

As a speaker, consultant, and resource person to congregations, regions, judicatories, and nonprofits, he has worked with groups in nearly every state and province in North America and has taught and supervised masters and doctoral students at universities both nationally and internationally. He has received numerous research grants and worked on a variety of study groups and think tanks, including his recent service on the Pulpit and Pew Project, a ten million dollar Lilly Endowment sponsored research project, exploring the status of clergy in North America.

He and his wife, Kandy, have two children, Brandon and Kelsey, and reside in Newark, Ohio.

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A Video Message from ABCUSA Interim General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods – August 2020

Watch the video below for a video update from Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Interim General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Woods touches on updates from the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary, regional ministries and the local church.  

A Video Message from Acting General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods

Watch the video below for a message from Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Acting General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, in the midst of the 2020 Easter Season and the coronavirus.

Eleven Executive Ministers Gather for Group Orientation

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/6/19)—Eleven executive ministers gathered for a group orientation event in Orlando, Florida Jan. 24-26. This was the largest orientation gathering held in the last twenty years. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries and currently Acting General Secretary, facilitated the event that included team building exercises, storytelling, and […]

Happy New Year

Now that the New Year’s Resolutions are over (the majority of New Year’s resolutions actually fail within the first two weeks of the year), I pray that the presence of our Lord, the joy of God’s company, the peace that passes all understanding, and the knowledge of being a child of God remain with you […]

A Reflection by Acting General Secretary Jeff Woods: Beginning of the Advent Season

During the 2018 Advent season, weekly reflections will be posted from the Acting General Secretary and Associate General Secretaries of American Baptist Churches USA. Each reflection will be posted prior to the Sundays in Advent. Below is a reflection written by Acting General Secretary C. Jeff Woods. Several years ago, a former staff member of mine, Rev. […]

Giving Thanks and a Call to Prayer for Persons Touched by California Wildfires

At this time of year We give thanks for air to breathe, Food to eat, And shelter over our heads. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, are missing loved ones, and for those who have lost or are in fear of losing the basic necessities of life due to the recent California […]

Acting General Secretary Reflects on Recent Violence

Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, acting general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA, shared the words below following recent violent and hate-filled crimes: Unfortunately, our week has been filled with violence yet again. The consequences of hate are tragic, atrocious, and repulsive. Though the frequency of such news can tempt us toward desensitization, we must […]

Brief History of the Professional Ministries Team

  The following brief history of the Professional Ministries Team was provided by Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries. The ABC Structure and Process Commission envisioned the role of this group to, “foster greater cohesiveness in addressing the concerns and needs of ABC ministerial leaders.” (November 2002) Those present at the December 7, […]

American Baptists Explore Fresh Expressions of Ministry in a Changing Culture

Read more about the Fresh Expressions Conference in the following article by Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Walden, Associate General Secretary for Congregational and Pastoral Effectiveness. Over 500 leaders attended the Fresh Expressions Conference in Reston, Va., March 15-17, 2018. A Fresh Expressions model of ministry is aimed at bringing the Gospel to unchurched and de-churched […]

Resourcing Regions at May Annual Meetings

Rev. Dr. C. Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for Regional Ministries, travels regularly and serves as a resource to regions through his position with the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary. Below, he reflects on two recent visits to annual meetings of two ABC regions. It was an honor to be present at two regional […]