People to Know: Dr. Curtis Woods

I first met Curtis during a Front Porch pre-conference at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’d heard his name before and was finally thrilled to shake his hand. But it was much more than a meet-and-greet right from the start. I was struck by his bearing–disciplined and interested. I was struck by his conversation–informed by wide reading of the African diaspora. And I was struck by his catholic spirit–he loves the church. Since that time I’ve wanted everyone I know to know Curtis Woods.

Here’s his bio:

Curtis is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), majoring in Social Work. He holds a Master of Theology in Pastoral Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving the Ruben S. Connor award in evangelism and discipleship. Curtis is a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Spirituality with emphasis in Early American Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. Curtis’s research explains the dynamics of African diasporic evangelical thought on social activism. Curtis is a proud member of the African American Intellectual History, National African American Fellowship of Southern Baptist Convention, Black Southern Baptist Denominational Leaders Network, and the Evangelical Theological Society. Curtis currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations (KBC). Prior to this assignment, Curtis served as a social worker, assistant pastor, evangelism pastor, Baptist campus missionary, and church planter. Curtis is a life-long learner, lover of the triune God and his beautiful creation. He is married to the virtuous Tracy Y. Woods of North Little Rock, AR. They have three sons and reside in Louisville, KY. Tracy and the boys are his best friends.

Curtis has been a significant voice in Southern Baptist life, especially in Kentucky, when it comes to racial reconciliation and unity conversations. The first African-American executive with the Kentucky Baptists, Woods models fidelity to Christ and the gospel, comfort with his own history and culture, and willingness to stay at the table in sometimes hard conversations–all in love.

Here’s part 1 of an interview on racial reconciliation with Sho Baraka:

Parts “>two and “>three are also available.

Here’s Dr. Woods sharing his testimony while preaching at Destiny Church:

Look out for Curtis’ completed work on Phyllis Wheatley and get to know this brother’s work for the Lord.

Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti Anyabwile serves as a pastor of Anacostia River Church (Washington DC). He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters and one son. Holler at him on Twitter: @ThabitiAnyabwil

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