My All Saints Story - John Woodward

posted Oct 31, 2016, 4:46 PM by All Saints Gastonia   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 4:26 PM ]


My All Saints Story began in 2000 not long after Jessica, Abby and I moved to Gastonia. At the time we were a young family new to the city and were looking for a welcoming church for Abby to grow up in. Jessica and I had grown up around the edges of church but neither of us was particularly religious. A board member at the Gaston County Family YMCA suggested we visit All Saints.

I had gone to Catholic school for a bit and being a Navy brat, had often attended Protestant services at whatever base chapel we happened to be near. The Episcopal experience was not totally foreign to me and I was attracted to the value placed on questioning, debate and skepticism.

What I’ve really come to appreciate about All Saints are the relationships God has provided. Attending All Saints over the past 16 years has given me the opportunity to get to know some great people from many different walks of life. These relationships have changed the way I look at the world, at those around me, at myself and my faith.

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