Bishop Christopher Ryan Woods, Sr. confessed Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in August of 1994. In 1997 he embraced the assignment to preach good tidings to the meek, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, open the prison to those who are bound, proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance, as well as comfort those who mourn.
As a Servant of God, Bishop Woods recognizes that he has more to do than just preach and teach. He is willing and has served in numerous areas in the body of Christ. Bishop Woods has served in the Evangelistic Ministry, Junior Deacon Ministry, the Music Ministry, Cleaning Ministry, Media Ministry and the Youth Ministry.
On March 31, 2006 Bishop Woods, accepted the call of Pastorate to lead the New Liberty Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. After serving for the New Liberty Church for almost 5 years, the Lord released him from that assignment and moved him and his family to Dallas, TX. While in Texas he was charged and accepted the call to Pastor the LaDale Baptist Church, only being there a short time, God continued to prove himself in Bishop Woods’s life and Ministry.
Before their departure from Texas, Bishop and Lady Woods founded Radical Authentic Worship (RAW) Ministries in October 2012. RAW Ministries was created to reach beyond the walls of the church to touch the lives of the lost. RAW Ministries serves as an outreach ministry that embodies the beliefs of Christ without the restrictions of traditional ministry. Today, RAW Ministries still exemplifies the principles and beliefs they were founded upon and in 2014 RAW created a dynamic music ministry that is devoted to uplifting the name of our Lord through praise and worship.
Unaware of the purpose, Bishop Woods followed the direction of God, stepped out on faith, and during the latter portion of 2012, he and his family relocated back to Indianapolis. Shortly after his arrival Bishop Woods’ father became ill and later made his transition from labor to reward on June 15, 2014. At that time, the church that Bishop Woods’ father pastored was then left in his hands.
With much prayer and support from his wife and children, Bishop Woods took the remnants of Mt. Sinai Church and created The Rhema Life Church in September of 2014 with the mission to preach an uncompromising gospel to a sin-sick world. In addition to Rhema Life, Bishop Woods was called to serve as Interim Pastor of Kingdom First Christian Church. Bishop Woods was ultimately called to serve as Senior Pastor of this new plant church, thereafter, Rhema Life Church merged with Kingdom First Christian Church to become one body serving the spiritual and natural needs of the Indianapolis community and beyond.
Bishop Woods is not only a pastor, preacher and teacher; God has also anointed him to be a devoted husband and father. Bishop Christopher R. Woods is the husband to Elder Selena Woods and they are the proud parents of 5 beautiful children, Arianna, A’lena, Christopher Jr., Calvin, and Ka’Neya. The Woods family enjoys traveling, shopping, movies, and spending time with one another. Pastor and Lady Woods’ prayer for everyone’s the same as the one they pray for their children; that they become God-fearing men and women.