Getting People into God's Word and God's Word into His People
About the Teacher

A Brief Biography


In the late 1970s, when his ministry seemed to be at its zenith, Dick Woodward was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly and steadily left him a bedfast quadriplegic. In spite of huge obstacles and crippling limitations in his life, he became an internationally well-known, locally successful, and beloved mentor, pastor, and Bible teacher.

Dick is a husband, father of five, grandfather of five and has been a pastor since 1956. He founded Virginia Beach Community Chapel where he served for twenty-three years. He, with two founding elders, started the Williamsburg Community Chapel where he served for fifteen years as pastor and now as Pastor Emeritus. He had a popular TV program and a nationally-aired radio program for many years and he taught hundreds of businessmen weekly at breakfast Bible studies.

He is the author of many devotional and inspirational booklets and the author of a uniquely clear, devotionally practical, systematic and expository survey of the scriptures, known as the Mini Bible College (MBC), which is an integral part of International Cooperating Ministries’ ( ICM) strategy. As a ministry, ICM is deeply committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world by empowering Christian leaders with MBC materials to nurture their own people. The Mini Bible College provides daily broadcasts and Study Booklets to an ever-increasing audience, now in over 26 major languages, spoken by over four billion people, in over 60 countries and around the world via the Internet.

Dick often says, “My prayer and desire is that the Mini Bible College will get people into God’s Word and God’s Word into people, because when they do, wonderful and miraculous things happen.”

Yet none of these accomplishments tell the whole story. Dick’s life is a testimony to “what God can do with somebody who has learned that he is nobody,” as Dick will often say when sharing his “God story.” Dick was a poor boy from Pittsburgh, born in the middle of a family of 13, six girls and five boys, who at the age of 15 lost his mother and became an angry rebel who had what we would call a “learning disability.” He often says when telling his God story, “I was a ‘zero with the circle rubbed out.’ I was told I had an inferiority complex, but when I went to college and studied psychology, I learned there really wasn’t anything complex about it. I was just plain inferior.”

So, how can someone so “disadvantaged” become a man mightily used by God? The answer is really the rest of the story, which Dick calls the “Four Spiritual Secrets”:

“I’m not, but He is,

And I’m in Him and He is in me .”

“I can’t, but He can,

And I’m in Him and He is in me .”

“I don’t want to, but He wants to,

And I’m in Him and He is in me.”

“I didn’t, but He did,

Because I was in Him and He was in me.”

On October 25, 2005, Dick Woodward celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday and still maintains a busy schedule of writing and mentoring other men as he was mentored by men of God like J. Vernon McGee and Ray Stedman.
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