Dr. Steve Woodworth has joined the Toccoa Falls College staff as Director of Spiritual Formation. He is a native of New Hampshire who first moved to the south in the fall of 1995. Having graduated from Montreat College with a B.S. in Outdoor Education (1999), Dr. Steve returned to Montreat College in 2003 to serve first as an RD and later as the college chaplain.
Photo on right (L to R) : TFC Spiritual Formation team: Michael Laffey, Dr. Steve Woodworth, Vera Natale, Podge Cross, and Faith Champion.
In his role as chaplain at Montreat College, Dr. Steve was charged with the primary responsibility of fostering the spiritual development of each student through the chapel program, student ministries, mentoring, and pastoral counseling. In addition, he was head of the Pastoral Ministries concentration teaching in the areas of homiletics, hermeneutics, and New Testament.
In addition to his work as Director of Spiritual Formation here at Toccoa Falls College, Dr. Steve also serves on staff with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at The Cove Training Center as Pastor in Residence.
He is married to his college sweetheart Carrie, and they have three young boys: Luke, Andrew, and Zachary. In addition to making swords, forts, and bows and arrows, the Woodworth family spends much of their time hiking, biking, gardening, camping, and cheering for the New England Patriots.
In a recent interview, Dr. Steve said, “I believe the four years spent in college are the most important years in a person’s life. During this time, students make critical decisions—who they will marry and careers choices. Many of their thoughts along with their value systems concerning God, the Bible, and who Jesus is are shaped at this point. My primary responsibility is to help students grow in their faith and not just rely on the inherited faith of their families but to make personal decisions for Jesus Christ.
“I’m excited about our Barnabas groups and the level of faculty and staff involvement in the lives of our students. These groups are at the heart of what happens on our campus in terms of Spiritual Formation. I’m going to lead a group myself. And I have to say a word about our Chapel services.
“These are my favorite times during the week because it brings us back to the center of what we are doing and why we are here. As much as possible, I want to give our students ownership of this time. Sure I want to share my wisdom and what I have learned but the chapel experience has to be meaningful to them. This is their time; it belongs to them.”
Steve’s two heroes are Dietrich Bonheoffer and Henri Nouwen—two individuals who have fostered his passion to see college students make the transition from the inherited faith of their parents to a vibrant faith of their own. Dr. Steve completed his MDiv and DMin in Christian leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).