Cerebral and academic, Wood is a remarkable teacher and compelling orator. His sermons appeal to people who think.
Wood was elected two years ago to the position of general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, headquartered in Springfield, Mo. Putting it in untechnical, layman’s terms, he’s pope for the 2.8-million-member U.S. denomination.
Wood spent 14 years as general secretary for the fellowship before being installed as general superintendent Aug. 9, 2007.
In his acceptance speech, Wood said: “The Lord [has] dropped a verse in my heart: ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ I know that many responsibilities await me — but I also believe that the Lord intended all ministry to be a journey of joy.”
Joy swathes his daily endeavors. Wood earned his doctorate in pastoral theology from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. He holds a juris doctorate from Western State University of Law and is a member of the California State Bar. He did his undergraduate work in history, religion and philosophy at Evangel College in Springfield, Mo.
The son of missionary parents, Wood spent his formative years in China and Tibet. He’s the author of seven books. He has led more than 30 trips to the Holy Land, and I’ve had the good fortune of traveling with him twice: in the winter of 1988-89 and in the spring of 1990. For me, the trips were life-changing.
New impressions began to assail me on the first trip even before the wheels of our El Al 747 lifted off the runway.