Larry Woodcock Takes Over At First United Methodist - Winslow

Reverend Larry Woodcock

Reverend Woodcock served as a pilot for American Airlines for 30 years before he retired in February 1999. The last two years retired consisted of flying full-time while attending seminary and commuting from Tucson to Fort Worth.

He finished Brite Divinity Seminary School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in May. His appointment at Winslow’s First United Methodist Church is his first full-time appointment. He has served part-time at a couple of churches around Arizona.

Woodcock and his wife, Carol, arrived in Winslow at the end of June, but his appointment to the Winslow church official began on July 1st. “I’ve very much enjoying Winslow,” he said.

Woodcock’s daughter, Lisa, lives in Phoenix and son, Scott, resides in Incline Village, Nevada. He has three granddaughters, Brittney, Brooke, and Kelsey.

Woodcock said he is very interested in working with the young people of Winslow. He hopes to get an after school activity program started that they will enjoy.

He said he would like to start a Seeker Service, where people who do not believe in God or the Bible can come and have questions answered. “It would not be a sermon-type of service, we would talk about life’s problems and how to work them through using the Bible,” he added.

Woodcock is also interested in doing things with the other Christian congregations around town. “I enjoy having activities we can do together as God’s people,” he said.

He has initiated a video program that is shown on the last Sunday of each month. A different video on a different subject will be shown each week with a pot luck dinner following.

Last week a documentary on the Columbine school shootings was shown. Woodcock hopes to one day have a large enough venue to show the video to every teenager in Winslow. He asks questions after the video program to spark discussion.

Woodcock also does double duty as the minister of the Methodist Church in Holbrook.

He said he can often be seen jetting around town in his gray Mazda Miata with the license plate AZ REV 1, which is also his e-mail address.

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