The Rev. Steve Wood and his wife of twenty-eight years, LeAnne have four children. Their family resides in North Metro Atlanta and they enjoy water sports, golf, gardening, snow skiing, baseball, basketball, fishing, and bike-riding.
After receiving God’s call into the ordained ministry, Steve enrolled in Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky in September 1983. While there, he served as a chaplain at the V.A. Medical Center in Lexington and later as the Youth Pastor of the First UMC of Georgetown, KY.
He received the Master of Divinity degree graduating in May 1986. Five days later, he was appointed as the pastor-in-charge of the Red Oak United Methodist Church (UMC) in College Park, Georgia where he served for 3 years. Under his leadership, the Red Oak UMC became a multi-racial congregation and was recognized as the Conference Small Membership Church of the Year in 1989.
In June 1989, he was appointed to plant a new church in Douglas County, which is now the New Covenant UMC. Starting with just 16 people, the church grew to over 600 members in just seven years. In addition, the congregation built a multipurpose facility and added an activity center complete with gymnasium. The church was recognized as the fastest growing congregation in the Southeastern Jurisdiction in 1991.
Steve was appointed to the Sugar Hill UMC in Gwinnett County on January 1, 1997 as the Senior Pastor where he served for 10 years. Under his leadership, membership more than doubled, eventually surpassing 2000. Sugar Hill UMC was distinguished by one of the highest worship attendance/membership ratios in all of Methodism at 70%, with the majority of new members joining by profession of faith in Christ, rather than transfer from other churches.
In June 2007, Steve was appointed to Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, one of the largest churches by membership in the entire denomination where he currently serves as Senior Pastor. Mount Pisgah has become one of the premier teaching centers of multi-generational, multi-ethnic models of worship and discipling, and shared leadership. Mount Pisgah hosted the nationwide Large Church Initiative in April 2014 with Mark Batterson, Laura Story, Chip Ingram and others for training in the multi-generation, multi-ethnic models of ministry.
He also serves the General Council on Finance and Administration of the worldwide UMC, the Executive Committee of the Leading Edge Pastors Gathering of the largest UMC’s in the country, and was one of 14 clergy delegates elected to the world gathering of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church representing the North Georgia Conference in 2008 and in 2012.
Steve served for 7 years as the Community Spiritual Director for the Northwest Georgia Walk to Emmaus movement. Overseas, Steve has preached in and led mission trips to Israel, India, Kenya, Jordan, Haiti, Brazil, Nigeria, Costa Rica, South Africa, Venezuela, St. Lucia and Mexico. In 1994, Steve was chosen to be the launching Community Spiritual Director for the Tres Dias movement in Moscow, Russia. He has a passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ and growing and cultivating Christian leaders for global impact through a life on life teaching method. In addition to his pastoral role, Steve serves on the boards of Mount Pisgah Christian School, the Summit Counseling Center, and The Beacon of Hope Women’s Center, The Confessing Movement, and as President of the Asbury Seminary Alumni Board.
Steve was born and raised in Sandy Springs, Georgia in Fulton County. He attended Sandy Springs High School and graduated from Ridgeview High School in 1976. Steve is an alumnus of the University of Georgia having graduated in 1980 with a BBA in Finance. He then began a career in the office products industry before answering a call into ministry in September of 1983. He received the Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1986 and was ordained a Deacon in the North Georgia UMC Conference in 1985 and ordained an Elder in 1988.