Rev. Mark Woodward                                                      Rev. Deanna Woodward

Beginning on June 30 at Faith United Methodist Church, our parish will be welcoming Rev. Mark Woodward to its ministry team.  Rev. Mark comes to us from a previous church appointment in Eyota, MN, where he served as pastor for 19 years. He is a graduate of Hamline University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Rev. Mark is married to Rev. Deanna Woodward, and the couple has two adult daughters and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the area.

The Woodwards have been a clergy couple for years and have done cooperative programs together, but this will be their first experience serving in the same parish. Rev. Mark brings to us his genuine faith, interest in people, and skills in community outreach. He has had experience as a school liaison, fire dept. chaplain, and mayor’s advisor. His other interests include preserving the historic Lenora Stone Church and doing outdoor projects at the couple’s small acreage near Preston.

Rev. Mark says, “I enjoy sharing God’s love with people from the church, to the coffee shop, the school, the workplace, the care center, the hospital—on the street corner or on the farm.”  Welcome, Pastor Mark!