About

This is my new book. I have also written several others but I highly recommend: Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity, InterVarsity Press.

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley grew up in the multiracial Willow Run district of Ypsilanti, Michigan during the turbulent 1960s. He is the youngest child from a working class family with deep southern roots. Currently, Dr. Woodley serves as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary in Portland, Oregon. http://www.georgefox.edu/seminary/faculty/bio/randy-woodley.html

Dr. Woodley is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and has been active in service among America’s indigenous communities since 1984. He is a teacher, writer, missiologist, activist, poet, historian, former pastor and missionary.

Education: Ph.D. (Intercultural Studies), M.Div., B.A.

Books, Contributing Chapters and Articles: Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (Eerdmans), Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity (IVP), When Going to Church is Sin (Healing the Land), Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker), The Justice Project (Baker), The Global Dictionary of Theology (IVP), and others.

History and Activities:

Dr. Woodley is a founding board member of NAIITS, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. NAIITS, in partnership with George Fox Seminary, has begun a new Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree, which Dr. Woodley initiated and now directs. Woodley is active in ongoing concerns of emerging faith expressions, diversity, eco-justice, reconciliation, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, mission and indigenous peoples. His blogs can be found on Ethnic Space and Faith, Emergent Village Voice and God’s Politics (Sojourners).  http://ethnicspace.wordpress.com     http://sojo.net/blogs   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/emergentvillage

Randy and his wife Edith (E. Shoshone/Choctaw) also lead a local Native American gathering at their home in Newberg, Oregon under the auspices of Eagle’s Wings Ministry http://eagleswingsministry.com/. They have four children and a small, semi-sustainable farm. The Woodleys have developed a uniquely holistic model of service among Native Americans called “Ministry in a Good Way” out of which grew in 2004, a 50 acre sustainable farm and Christian community called Eloheh Village for Indigenous Leadership and Ministry Development. At Eloheh the Woodleys taught sustainability, eco-justice, microeconomics, leadership and mission. In 2008 they gave up their farm and were forced to disband the community due to continued violence and political pressure from local White Supremacists.

Randy became a nationally known figure when he pastored the Eagle Valley Church (EVC) in Carson City, Nevada. EVC served as one of only a few authentic culturally indigenous churches and it became a role model for Native Americans in the US and Canada. For over two decades he has been considered an early innovator in the Native American cultural contextual movement. Rev. Woodley’s ministry has always preached a gospel concerned with both personal reconciliation and societal justice. He has battled systemic racism in both local communities and institutions, suffering the loss of a home, a career and threats against his life and family. While pastoring in Carson City, Nevada Rev. Woodley co-facilitated the efforts to free the Carson City 10, (ten Native youth who were wrongly accused of murder), while mentoring the young men both in jail and under house arrest. In the early 1990s Randy founded Christians for Justice, a group that challenged the inequality of local hiring practices and the inequitable arrest of minorities in Caddo County, Oklahoma. As Randy follows Jesus, he continues to be involved in grassroots ministry/activism and community organizing today, as he has for most of his adult life.

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