Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

(Philippians 1:6)

Pastor Christine WoodsPastor Christine Woods truly exemplifies the beginning of a good work.  A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Pastor Woods is a dynamic psalmist, speaker, preacher and teacher equipped with a word for all whom she encounters. She is the Co-founder of Urban Empowerment Ministries, where she serves diligently next to her husband, Bishop Lester Woods, Jr., and is often called upon to speak a life-changing word to God’s people. Leading one of the fastest growing churches in Columbia, Pastor Woods’ commitment to service is reflected in various areas of ministry.

Educated at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Woods holds two academic degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master’s of Social Work. Her desire to build God’s Kingdom transcends into her professional life through her love for helping people. Amongst other community and professional involvements, currently she is a Licensed Clinical Therapist at the University of Missouri Psychiatric Center and the CEO/Founder of Integrative Community Services for Children and Families.

In addition to being a powerful woman of God and a respectable professional in the community, there’s no greater joy than that of being a cherished wife and an adored mother.  She has enjoyed over 17 years of marriage to Bishop Lester Woods, Jr., visioneer and founder of Urban Empowerment Ministries.  She is the mother of two outstanding girls: Lesli (16) and Kiyah (12). She is also a daughter, a sister, a friend, and her love for family, the community, ministry, and most importantly God are evident in all of her undertakings.

Pastor Woods exudes poise, grace, and carries an anointing that is rare and precious.  Her determination to strive for excellence, lead with integrity, and serve with humility gives her the confidence to know that the good work that has begun in her will be performed according to God’s will.