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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life of Dr. Robert M. Woods. Dr. Robert Mathew Woods, Evangelist, age 86, passed away on February 8, 2017. Born on June 2, 1930 in Gallatin, Tennessee, Dr. Woods was the only son born to James Herkless (Herk) and Susie Woods. He had four sisters, Amanda, Mymie, Lottie, and Elsie, (all deceased). At the age of eleven, he enrolled in the Nashville Christian Institute (NCI), in Nashville, Tennessee. The late Bro. Marshall Keeble was president at the time. Dr. Woods preached his first sermon at age eleven and soon started to travel with Bro. Keeble as one of his ‘‘Boy Preachers’’. In 1949, he graduated from NCI and moved back to Gallatin, where he became the minister of his home congregation. In 1952, he married Anna Holiday and moved to the Chicago area. Dr. Woods served as minister of Monroe Street Church of Christ from September, 1952 until he retired on December 31, 1997, at which time he was ordained as Minister Emeritus. After the death of his first wife, Anna, Dr. Woods married the former Sara Marie Taylor. Dr. Woods was instrumental in implementing numerous programs during his tenure at Monroe Street Church of Christ. Among them are: a Summer Day Camp, an Intensive Teacher Training Program, an active Jail Ministry in the Cook County Jail where numerous inmates have been baptized in the Church, a Tutoring Program, Adopt-A-Child Program, and an Evangelism Outreach Program. He actively participated with the Block Club and the Midwest Community Council. He has conducted Gospel Meetings in many cities in the United States, as well as Bermuda and Nassau. He was often called upon to speak at multi-cultural functions to share views about the uniqueness of fellowship between blacks and whites. He often speaks on National, Southwestern, and Regional Lectureships. He served as a member of the Advisory Board for both the Midwest Lectureship and the Midwest Youth Conference. He has been a Trustee for Southwestern Christian College for over fifty years. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Southwestern Christian College in 1992. After retiring, Dr. Woods and his wife, Sara Marie moved to Villa Rica, Georgia. There they continued their work for the Lord’s Church; actively serving as Minister at the Hayes-Glass Church of Christ in Breman, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Sara Marie; Daughters, Sue and Sheri; Son, Stephen; Grandchildren, Ericka, Kilian and Janiah; Great-Grandchildren, Kilian, Erick and Baron, and numerous other family & friends. Dr. Woods was often soft spoken and his messages carried great weight. It was nothing uncommon for two of our community’s most endeared and beloved citizens to repeat or say what Pastor Brother Woods had told them or preached about; my barber for about thirty years, Lawyer Stevens and Ms. Nancy Jefferson, Executive of the Midwest Community Council, whom we called our community’s Mother Theresa. Both of them were two of Brother Woods’ star pupils and ardent parishioners and I am sure they would want people to know this. May he rest in peace and in love.


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