Canon George F. Woodward III
Woodward was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio University, received an M.A. in Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, and an M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Chicago.
Following graduation from Seminary in 1983 he was called as Associate Rector to All Saints-by-the-Sea in Montecito, Santa Barbara, serving for five years. He thereafter spent two years in the Republic of Turkey as Assistant to the Archdeacon for the Aegean, working as a civilian chaplain at Incirlik Air Force Base in southeastern Turkey, and at the British Embassy Chapel of St. Nicholas in Ankara.
Upon returning to the United States in 1991 he was called as Rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Apple Valley, during which time he was also Dean of the Eastern Deanery of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
In 1995 Woodward became the Seventh Rector of St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, San Marino, California (1995 – 2018). For many years he served on the Board of Hillsides Home for Children, Pasadena; as Chair of the Diocesan Program Group on Global Partnership; and as the Vice President for Foundation Cristosal, a Human Rights Organization based in El Salvador. He was named a Canon of the Diocese of Los Angeles in 2011, and a Canon of the Diocese of El Salvador in 2014.
In 2018 he was called as the Seventh Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México.
Woodward is the co-author with Bishop Frederick H. Borsch of ‘Introducing The Lessons of The Church Year’ 2009, and the author of ‘Prayers of The People’ St. Mark’s Press, 2016 and other works of poetry and short fiction.