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Our Story

Elizabeth grew up in a family of dedicated bible teachers and preachers, including her mother, father, and grandparents. Immersed in this spiritually rich environment, she spent countless hours watching her family teach and educate others about Christianity. However, despite this upbringing, Elizabeth struggled with one question: How does the gospel connect with my daily life?

After graduating from college, God used an experience as a Sunday School teacher to answer that question for Elizabeth. She learned how all of Scripture points to the abundant life we find in God. This wholeness and peace (shalom) is God's good design for the world and what we experience and cultivate by following the way of Jesus.   


Elizabeth recognized the transformative power of biblical literacy and wanted to share it with others. She attended Dallas Theological Seminary and led discipleship ministry while on staff at her local church, gaining the knowledge and expertise needed to assist believers in understanding and growing in their Christian faith.

In 2022, Elizabeth launched The Woodson Institute to continue the legacy of Christian education and discipleship that has indelibly shaped her life. After writing curriculum, teaching, and training others in her local church for over a decade, Elizabeth formed The Woodson Insititute to share what she had learned with believers all across the globe.

The Woodson Institute aims to make discipleship more accessible by providing a curated collection of resources and training experiences. Our work focuses on deepening believers' understanding of Scripture, theology, spiritual formation, and the history of our global faith community. We also seek to elevate the voices of men and women of color so that our understanding of the way of Jesus reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the kingdom of God. 


Ultimately, the Woodson Institute desires to be a community of writers, disciplemakers, creatives, teachers, and theologians who come together for one simple mission – to equip believers to understand and grow in their Christian faith.


Our Beliefs

“We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; on the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the one holy church both visible and invisible, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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Our Founder


Elizabeth Woodson founded The Woodson Institute, an organization that equips believers to understand and grow their Christian faith. She loves helping people internalize their faith and connect it practically to everyday life. With over a decade of experience in church ministry, Elizabeth is passionate about creating pathways for discipleship and theological education in the local church.


Most recently, Elizabeth served on staff at The Village Church as the Institute Classes and Curriculum Director. She also worked as the Single Life Coordinator at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the leadership of Senior Pastor Dr. Tony Evans.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Education. She is a contributing author for World on Fire and the author of the book Embrace Your Life: How To Find Joy When The Life You Have Is Not The Life You Hoped For and From Beginning To Forever: A Study of the Grand Narrative of Scripture.

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