About Edward Wood III

Under the unction of the Holy Spirit, Edward Woods III serves as the minister/director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) for the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 2008. The Lake Region Conference covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This ministry seeks social justice and liberty of conscience for all people.

Woods’ measurement is not how many times he preaches or presents, but how many active and viable PARL ministries are thriving in the local churches of the Lake Region Conference. To customize the ministry for the local church, Woods identifies the PARL ministry through seven components: conscience, discipleship, engagement, Holy Spirit, love, prophecy, and relationship. He firmly believes in the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and that the PARL ministry is not a ministry, but THE ministry that will hasten the second coming of Christ.

In collaborating with pastors of various faiths, Woods continues to foster faith-based partnerships in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to address civil and voting rights, social justice and inequality; and strengthen police-community relationships. In addition to Seventh-day Adventists, Woods has labored in ministry with Apostolic, Assemblies of God, Atheists, Baptists, Catholics, Church of God, Church of God In Christ, Deists, Lutherans, Methodists, Muslims, Mormons, Nation of Islam, Non-Denominational, Presbyterians, Sikhs, Unitarian Universalist Association, and the United Church of Christ.

As a two-time elected official, Woods formerly served as the Vice-Chairperson of the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees. Based on his service at Lansing Community College, Woods received numerous accolades, including a United States Congressional Recognition. He previously served on the Board of Trustees at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. and Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI.

The North American Religious Liberty Association, sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, awarded Woods its prestigious A.T. Jones Religious Freedom Medal for his grassroots contributions in advancing public affairs and religious liberty. The Northwest Religious Liberty Association, serving the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, has repeatedly appointed Woods as an Administrative Advisor. The California State Assembly recognized Woods for his ministry in public affairs and religious liberty. Andrews University awarded Woods its inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Leadership Award.

Woods serves as the PARL columnist for Message Magazine, and contributes to the Liberty Insider program on 3ABN. Woods leads the Conscience and Justice Council, which represents the public affairs and religious liberty ministry at regional churches in America. He completed a fellowship on faith and politics at Princeton’s Theological Seminary. He finished his undergraduate studies at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, AL. He earned his master’s in public administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

Woods is grateful to be married to his wife, Donnarie (Dah-nah-ree), and they have two children, Megan Elise and Michael Edward. As a church elder, Woods’s favorite scripture is Psalms 27, which begins with “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my; of whom shall I be afraid.”


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The Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) ministry seeks to advocate, teach and sustain God’s love in hastening the soon Second Coming of Christ. The PARL ministry is simply based upon respect for one another (Luke 6:31), showing yourself friendly (Proverbs 18:24 and Micah 6:8) and freedom of conscience for everyone (Joshua 24:15 and John 16:8-9).

The PARL ministry works closely in partnering with pastors, collaborating with local church PARL directors to create a movement with members to advocate (Proverbs 31:8-9) and advance (Deuteronomy 16:20) the cause of public affairs and religious liberty.

The PARL ministry partners with pastors and PARL leaders to strengthen and fortify the PARL ministry at the local church and their respective community. The PARL ministry services include the following:

  • Train pastors, PARL directors and PARL teams in developing and/or strengthening the PARL ministry.
  • Advocate for social justice, engagement, compassion, redemption and liberty of conscience.
  • Link the PARL ministry to last-day events and prophecy.
  • Help with workplace accommodation concerns.
  • Partner with local PARL directors in planning and/or executing the PARL Day.
  • Speak for PARL ministry related events.
  • Organize the annual PARL Rallies in Detroit, Chicago and Illinois.
  • Coordinate the Gift of Liberty in celebration of religious freedom.
  • Orchestrate the PARL Forum at camp meeting.
  • Assist with the Liberty magazine campaign.


Contact the Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Department to have us come out to train, equip and educate your congregation. Below are a list of resource websites with valued information about current issues throughout the world affecting personal liberties.