Pastor Helen V. Woods
Pastor Helen. V Woods was born in Atlanta, GA. She moved to D.C. in 1959, where she received her formal education in the Washington D. C. Public schools. She was employed with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development where she retired in 1997 after 30 years of service. Pastor Woods was married for 36 years to the Late Daniel R. Woods; she is the proud mother of four children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pastor Woods first attended Morning Star Pentecostal Church in Washington, D.C. in 1972, she began her Christian life in the spring of 1973, being born again of the water and of the Spirit at The Morning Star Pentecostal Church of Washington, D. C. Under the leadership of Bishop Ramsey Butler, where she served in several ministry capacities. She also acknowledged her call to ministry and did her initial sermon in 1974. After that, the Lord called Pastor Woods to relocate to Gaithersburg MD in 1975 where she served at the Mount of Olives Church, under the leadership of Pastor Anna L. Talley (now deceased). There she was licensed and ordained by Pastor Talley in 1979 to preach, teach and perform all the sacerdotal duties of the church. Pastor Woods became the pastor of the Mount of Olives church in 1993 after the death of Pastor Talley. She received some formal Christian education from Jericho Christian College in Washington, D.C. as well as other certificates for leadership and ministry through various ministry organizations. Pastor Woods has served in several community volunteer positions down through the years. She is the Vice President of community outreach in her local community, as well as other outreach programs in other facilities. Pastor Woods is often referred to as the ‘spiritual mother’ to those she have nurtured, mentored and covered in ministry.
Apostle Thomas W. Weeks Sr. of New Destiny Fellowship International, in Wilmington, DE is the prelate of International Christian Fellowships in which she is a member. She is also one of the spiritual son of the Father/Son relationship of Bishop Restine T. Jackson III of the Diocesan of the 2 Episcopal District of New Destiny Fellowship International.