Church of the Living Word

" Building a Victorious Church that Live the Word through the Power of Jesus Christ" '



Sunday Bible Study                               9 am

Sunday Worship Service                  10 am

Children Church                                 11 am

Wednesday Bible Study                      7 pm

Friday Intercessory Prayer               6 pm


Women Ministry                   3rd Saturday

Men Ministry                          4th Saturday

Nursing Home Min.   (every other )     1st Sat.

Jail Ministry                                    Biweekly


8144 Tidemill Road

Hayes, VA 23072             804.642.9612


P.O. Box 1811      Hayes, VA  23072

 Bishop Gregory Woodard was born in Newport News, VA., on April 9, 1957, to the late Ethel Best and Graham Woodard Sr. He is the sixth child of seven children.

Bishop Woodard received his education from Newport News and Hampton Public Schools. He served three years in the U.S. Army, ending his career in the 82nd Airborne Unit, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He attended Thomas Nelson Community College with honors in Occupational Safety/Health.


On October 1, 1983 Bishop Woodard accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; and joined Second Baptist Church. On May 28, 1989, he was licensed to preach the gospel by his pastor, Dr. Floyd M. Blackwell. He was ordained by the Peninsula Baptist Pastor’s Council on January 27, 1991, at Miracle Temple (formerly 2nd Baptist Church), N.N., VA & by Calvary Alliance of Churches & Ministries, Norfolk, VA April 27, 2001. Bishop Woodard was consecrated into the bishopric March 20, 2011 & is under the covering of Presiding Apostle John N. Gray, Bethel Restoration Center, Williamsburg, VA.

Bishop Woodard is a graduate of Boyce Bible College, a division of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, 1998; and earned a Bachelor Degree in Theological Studies, 2000, Master of Divinity, 2017, and Doctor of Theology, 2019,  from the Christian Bible College and Seminary, Independence Missouri.    He served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Correctional Ministry; President of the Gloucester Ministerial Association, member of the Minority Task Force of Gloucester, member of the Family Life Advisor Committee, the Gloucester Methamphetamine Task Force, the Board of Social Service and Gloucester Planning Commission. He also served on the Board of Supervisors of Gloucester, VA; Community Criminal Justice Board, Gloucester Community Policy Management Team, Hampton Roads Planning Commission, National Association of County Officials, Virginia Association of County of Officials and Guest Teacher of Gloucester Public Schools.                                                                                                                                                                    

He is the founder of Church of the Living Word, birthed in January of 1993. God is using this man-servant to build a victorious church that lives the Word through the power of Jesus Christ.  In 2018, Minister Melvin Epps was selected as Bishop Woodard's successor as Lead Pastor of Church of the Living Word.   Bishop Woodard is a member of Life-Touch Fellowship, Presiding Apostle John N. Gray, Sr.   

Bishop Gregory Woodard is blessed with a helpmeet, Pastor Eunice; they are parents to six children, Giuseppe, Tia (James), Franchot (Kim), Tarnita, Angel (Tremayne) and Takiera; and eleven grandchildren. They reside in Gloucester, VA.