Bishop Gregory Alan Woods is the Pastor of Revival Temple Holiness Church, Center of Deliverance. He was born on September 16th, the son of the Late Reverend Robert Woods and the late Betty Woods. He grew up in the Church of God and Prophecy, where his father was the pastor. Bishop Gregory Woods accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and received the Holy Ghost at an early age.
During his formative years he attended the public schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee and graduated from Kirkman High School. He furthered his education at the Tuskegee College, located in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1987 and is a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. After finishing college, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he joined Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ. He served as a faithful member, praise team leader, Minister and Elder on the Ministerial Council. While under the leadership of Bishop Jonathan Greer II, he was honored to travel abroad with the Missions Ministry proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in foreign countries.
After the untimely ascension of the late Bishop Jeff W. Banks on February 3, 1997, the founder of Revival Temple, at that time Elder Gregory Woods was installed the pastor on Sunday, August 9, 1998. He has been granted the esteemed honor to be the first pastor to follow the founder. Within the first year of his pastorate, the Revival Temple Ministry grew within membership and spiritual development. Under his leadership the ministry remains at the center of the community extending love and services to the families of our community and membership through outreach services, Community feedings, soup kitchen, food pantry, health awareness, summer camp and parenting classes in collaboration with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, and community enrichment seminars. While yet serving God faithfully, he was ordained into the office of Bishop on Sunday, August 8, 2009 in an ordination ceremony witnessed by the College of Bishops, his family, friends and church family.
In addition, Bishop Woods is the founder of the Kicking It with The King Outreach Ministries known for its 1st Sunday night high praise services. This ministry also brings to the community a “Worship Without Walls” experience that reaches to the surrounding college campuses spreading the word of God through their services and events. Bishop Gregory Woods, along with the Revival Temple Church family provides scholarships and personal care items to the collegebound students and offers a Give Back, Back to School giveaway for the community school age children. Bishop Woods also serviced on the Mayor of Newark’s Community Development Committees, a board member of the Life House Homeless Shelter and still finds time to travel to other countries to minister to God’s people, recently traveling to London to hold a four night revival and midday sessions. He has received many awards from the Mayor’s office for his outstanding dedication and service to the City of Newark. Bishop Woods oversees the Revival Temple Food Pantry that serves over 250 needy families a month, he oversees the Revival Temple Soup Kitchen that serves 150 people every Friday, the Diaper Bank that serves 100 mother a month with much needed diapers and runs a very successful 2 month summer camp every summer that provides activities and meals for children of working parents.
Though Bishop Woods did not feel worthy of being called to ministry, he answered the call, continuing to walk worthy of the vocation of the calling He remains humble, passionately declaring the word of God, fervent in prayer and drawing people closer to God through the life he lives before them. Revival Temple ministry has grown tremendously, and Bishop Woods is preaching a word that is strengthening the lives of the community through sermons stating, “We’re Better on Our Knees” and constantly letting them know “GOD ALWAYS HELPS US, ALWAYS!”