Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley grew up during the turbulent 1960s in the multiethnic Willow Run district of Ypsilanti, Michigan. With his roots steeped deep in southern working poor families, he is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Education: B.A. Rockmont College; M.Div., Palmer Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission.
Dr. Woodley has authored books, chapters and articles such as the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker), The Justice Project (Baker), and The Global Dictionary of Theology (IVP). Renowned Missiologist Ralph Winter said of Woodley’s own book, Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity (IVP), “perhaps the most important book any American citizen could read who wants to truly understand global missions.” Randy’s blog site, Ethnic Space and Faith, can be found at https://ethnicspace.wordpress.com/
Dr. Woodley serves as Distinguished Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at George Fox Seminary and University in Portland, Oregon. http://www.georgefox.edu/seminary/faculty/bio/randy-woodley.html Randy is a teacher, writer, poet, Eco-justice advocate, activist, former pastor, missionary, missiologist and historian.
Randy and his wife Edith Woodley (Eastern Shoshone/Choctaw) are cofounders of Eagle’s Wings Ministry http://eagleswingsministry.com/ For over two decades they have been considered early innovators in the Native American cultural contextual movement. Woodley is also 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, which Dr. Woodley has initiated and now directs. He continues to be involved in grassroots ministry/activism and community organizing today, as he has for most of his adult life. Randy and Edith continue to consult and mentor those serving Native American communities concerning indigenous ministry and mission. They also lead a local Native American gathering at their home in Newberg, Oregon. The Woodleys have four children. Dr. Woodley may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodley’s new book, Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision will be released by William B. Eerdmans in July 2012.
Randy Woodley: office@EaglesWingsMinistry.com
Rev. Bo Sanders is a Pastor in Los Angeles and a PhD student at Claremont School of Theology in Practical Theology: Religious Education. While a student at George Fox Seminary, he wrote his Thesis on Contextual Theology with Randy Woodley.
Bo and Christie have been married for 17 years and love gardening, cooking slow meals together, and watching PBS.