JR Woodward has been passionately planting churches that value tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, locally-rooted presence and boundary-crossing mission for over twenty five years. He has helped start and multiply dozens of missional-incarnational communities from Blacksburg, Virginia, to Los Angeles. He has experienced both failure and fruitfulness, suffering and good times.
JR co-founded and currently serves on the board of the Missio Alliance, a movement of hopeful, centrist evangelicals envisioning a church reimagined for a world recreated. He is an active board member of Reliant Mission (formerly called GCM), which serves over five hundred missionaries in North America and around the world.
He currently serves as the national director for the V3 Church Planting Movement, helping to train church planters across North America in movemental ways of being the church. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Praxis Gathering, an annual gathering for planters who want to grow in grounded missional practices.
JR is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP 2012) and a regular contributor to newchurches.com, theV3movement.org, and gospel-life.net. He contributes to both academic and popular journals and blogs, including Religious Studies Review, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Leadership Journal, Gospel Centered Discipleship and the Verge Network. He speaks at conferences and gatherings across the country, including Inhabit, Fresh Expressions, Missio Alliance and the Praxis Gathering.
He graduated with a master of arts in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) on the topic of how a theology of the powers shapes a leadership’s approach to power and structure for mission.
JR loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and attends the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.