About Edward Wood III

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

Woods’s measurement is not how many times he preaches or presents, but how many active and viable PARL ministries are thriving in the Lake Region Conference. To customize the ministry for the local church, Woods has developed a spiritual, research, evangelistic, empowerment, and partnership components for the PARL ministry. He strongly believes in the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and that the PARL ministry is THE ministry, not a ministry, that will hasten the second coming of Christ.

In partnering with pastors of various faiths, Woods continues to foster ecumenical partnerships in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil and voting rights, addressing inequality and strengthening 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, Nation of Islam, Non-Denominational, Presbyterians, 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, Ala. & Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. 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 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 with its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Leadership Award. Woods serves as the PARL columnist for Message Magazine.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Ala. He earned his master’s in public administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich, where he is currently a part-time PhD student in public administration.

Woods is grateful to be married to his wife, Donnarie, and they have two caring children, Megan Elise and Michael Edward. His 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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Director | Edward Woods III


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.


Pastor Jaime Kowlessar of the Dallas City Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church PARL 2016 Sabbath Service