Pastor Keith Woodard was born in Dudley, NC. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Woodard, Jr. He is the youngest of four siblings. His family was introduced to the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1995. In 1996 he became a baptized member of Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church of Goldsboro, NC, under the leadership of Pastor Herbert Anderson. Pastor Woodard became heavily active in his church from elder-in-training to Pathfinder drill instructor.
He preached his first sermon at the tender age of 16. From that event, he was given multiple speaking engagements within the eastern district part of North Carolina. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Oakwood College (now Oakwood University). While at Oakwood he majored in Ministerial Theology and aggressively åparticipated in Literature Evangelism. He also served as the Chaplain for the Religion and Theology Forum.
Upon graduating from Oakwood, he went to Andrews University Theological Seminary. While attending the seminary, he worked as a youth pastor in Chicage, IL, at the Goshen SDA church under the auspices of Pastor Leroy Coleman. He also worked as a voulunteer hospital chaplain at Lakeland Medical Center in Berrien Springs, MI. Upon graduation from Andrews University with his Masters of Divinity, he worked as Chaplain at Uptown Transitional Housing in San Diego, CA.
While in California, he received a call from the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to serve as the Pastor of the Philadelphia and Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church of Burlington and Reidsville, NC.
His greatest earthly accomplishment was when he experienced a foretaste of heaven on August 30, 2009, and married the love of his life-the former Cynthia C. Fabre of Philadelphia, PA. From this blessed union God gave them a son on April 13, 2012, Ethan T. Woodard.
Pastor Woodard’s favorite scripture is Matt. 6:33: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these thing shall be added unto you”. His life’s motto in ministry is “God does not call the qualified but qualifies the called”