JR Woodward (aka dream awakener) awakens people to join God in the renewal of all things. He has been passionately planting discipleship-fueled, movement-oriented, neighborhood-grounded churches seeking to be a foretaste of God's coming kingdom for over 25 years. He has helped start and multiply dozens of missional-incarnational communities from Blacksburg, VA to Los Angeles, CA. He loves to experiment, take risks and would rather "fail" living out God's calling, than "succeed" doing something else.
JR co-founded and currently serves on the board of the Missio Alliance, a movement of hopeful, centrist, evangelicals envisioning a church reimagined for a world recreated. He is an active board member with Reliant Mission (formerly called GCM), which serves over 500 missionaries in North America and around the world.
He currently serves as the National Director for the V3 Church Planting Movement, helping to train church planters across North America in movemental ways of being the church. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Praxis Gathering, an annual gathering for planters who want to grow in grounded missional practices.
JR is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012) and a regular contributor to newchurches.com, theV3movement.org, and gospel-life.net. He contributes to both academic and popular level journals and blogs, including Religious Studies Review, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Leadership Journal, The Other Journal, Gospel Centered Discipleship and the Verge Network. You can find him speaking at conferences and gatherings across the country, including Inhabit, Fresh Expressions, Missio Alliance and the Praxis Gathering.
He graduated with a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) on the topic of how a theology of the powers shapes a leaderships approach to power and structure for mission.
He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and attends the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.