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Marion Woodrow Church

Obituary for Marion Woodrow Church

March 21, 1943 - November 3, 2018
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 75


Dr. Marion Woodrow Church, known to friends as "Woody," passed away on November 3, 2018, at the age of 75 years. Woody lived his life with a passion for sharing God's love and teaching God's Word.

A native of Ashland, Kentucky, Woody attended Ashland Senior High School, University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury Theological Seminary and Lexington Theological Seminary.

Woody was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. In 1970, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served in pastoral ministry in the Kentucky Conference. He was the founding pastor of both St. Luke UMC in Lexington, Kentucky and Church of the Savior in Nicholasville. In 1990 he moved to Greenwood, Indiana to serve on staff at Community Church of Greenwood.

In 1996, he founded Rod & Staff Biblical Counseling Center. Upon retiring from Rod & Staff he returned to pastoral ministry at Stones Crossing Church, a church he helped plant, in Greenwood.

Woody was honored to be a Kentucky Colonel and a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash. As a Biblical Counselor, he was a certified trainer for both the International Association of Biblical Counselors and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Woody is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy, daughters Marianne Cox (Joe) and Luann Luck (Scott). He is much beloved by his four grandchildren: Madeline & Hayden Cox, and Harrison and Ryan Luck. He is also survived by sisters, Garnet Gordon, Mary Robinson, Betty Widener and brother, Jack Church.

Family will receive friends from 9 to 11 AM followed by a Celebration of Woody's life at 11 AM, on Wednesday, November 7th, at Stones Crossing Church, 7000 West Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood Indiana. Burial with military honors will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Stones Crossing Church, Deep & Wide Initiative, 7000 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.

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