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Randy Woodley

Randy Woodley

Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture
Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies


Rev. Randy Woodley, PhD, is a Keetoowah Cherokee (legal descendent) teacher, poet, activist, former pastor, missiologist and historian. Woodley received his baccalaureate degree from Rockmont College in Denver, Colorado. He was ordained to the ministry through the American Baptist Churches in the USA in Oklahoma after graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree from Eastern Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Randy's PhD is in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

Woodley’s books include The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community, 2016 (Friesen Press), Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision, 2012 (Eerdmans) and Living in Color: Embracing God’s Passion for Ethnic Diversity, 2004 (IVP). He has authored numerous book chapters, contributing essays and articles in compilations such as the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic), An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker), The Justice Project (Baker), and The Global Dictionary of Theology (IVP).

Professor Woodley is active in the ongoing discussions concerning new church movements, racial and ethnic diversity, peace, social justice, interreligious dialogue and mission. Woodley regularly blogs in these areas and publishes his own blog, "Ethnic Space and Faith." He is also a regular contributor to God's Politics Blog: Jim Wallis and Friends, Emergent Village Voice and The Huffington Post, Religion page.

Rev. Woodley was pastor of the Eagle Valley Church in Carson City, Nevada, which for many years served as a unique role model as an authentic Native American Christian church. He and his wife Edith, cofounders of Eagle's Wings Ministry, are considered early innovators in what has been dubbed the “Native American Contextual Movement.” The Woodleys have spent over 25 years of culturally contextual service in Native North American communities. Randy Woodley is a founding board member of NAIITS, the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies and he administers the Fox/ NAIITS cooperative Master of Arts Intercultural Studies degree.

Course Information

CHTH511 Christian History and Theology I
CHTH513 American Church History
CHTH546 Contemporary Theological Trends
CHTH556 Theology and Ethic of the Land
CHTH585 Native North American History and Mission
PSTD550 World Religions
MLDR510 Missional Ecclesiology
MLDR561/562 Ministry Leadership Conference
SFAD541 Spirituality and the Heavens
SFAD585 Native North American Spirituality

Published Works, Lecture Series, and Select Podcasts

Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision

Living In Color: Embracing God's Passion For Ethnic Diversity

Mission As Shalom: Distinguished Augsburger Lecture Series Eastern Mennonite University

Homebrewed Christianity: Shalom and the Community of Creation

Homebrewed Christianity: HomeGrown Christianity Ecology

Homebrewed Christianity: Randy Woodley on Race

Revelation in Creation-Seeking the Harmony Way: PRISM Magazine Interview 

What's the Truth About America? Debate with Dinish D'Souza

Ask An Indigenous Theologian: Rachael Held-Evans Interview

Q & A on Indigenous Subjects with Randy Woodley and the late Richard Twiss

Huffington Post Interview: Who Better to Teach the White Man Than the American Indian?

William Jessup University, Annual Bible and Theology Conference

The Global Church Project: Embracing Ethnic Diversity (podcast)

The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community

 Shalom and the Created Community           Living in Color