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Pastor Valley K. Woodley

Evangelist Valley K. Woodley is an exemplary leader who has allowed the Holy Spirit to guide her in all phases of her life, in her personal life and in her pastoral accomplishments.

She is a native of Emporia, Virginia. Her parents are the late Thomas Kelly and Valley Bailey. She is joined in the ministry with her husband Co-Pastor Lawrence L. Woodley. They are the proud parents of seven wonderful children and twelve grandchildren.

Pastor Valley K. Woodley graduated from Greensville County High School, Emporia, Virginia. She furthered her academics through John Randolph College, Petersburg, Virginia and Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, Virginia. She has also taken courses at Berean Light Bible Institute in Emporia, VA.

Pastor Woodley has been instrumental in serving on various community boards and she served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Improvement Association. She also worked for the Greensville County School Board for 7 years and in the banking industry for 26 years.

Pastor Woodley surrendered the call of God on her life at the age of sixteen.

Pastor Woodley founded the Elnora Jarrell Worship Center in October, 2001 where she has served faithfully as pastor for 16 years. Under her leadership, EJWC has grown tremendously. She has successfully led the church in a building project, the operation of a State Certified Child Care Center and a Licensed Café. Pastor Woodley believes that God’s people should display His image.

Pastor Woodley takes no credit for her success and accomplishments for she is often known by the saying “To God be the Glory for the Things He has done”.

Pastor Lawrence L. Woodley

  Pastor Lawrence L. Woodley is a native of Greensville County, Virginia. He is the son of Minister Hilda Mae Phipps and the late Robert House. Pastor Woodley is married to Pastor Valley K Woodley. He was educated in the Greensville County school system, graduating  from the Edward W. Wyatt High School. He attended the Southside Virginia Community College where he studied classes to become a Virginia state Certified Master Electrician and HVAC Technician. Pastor Woodley had his own electrical business for more than 30 years. After he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior he became a member of the Church Of The Holy City in the late 1970's where he became a member of the Deacon Board. After many years with that ministry, Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Valley K Woodley founded the Elnora Jarrell Worship Center. He works with the visionary Pastor Valley to create a ministry for all people, and as a result have found favor with God and with man. He is a member of the EJWC All Male Chorus, The Kings Men, Feed More and the Feed America programs. Pastor Woodley uses his numerous mechanical skills to help maintain the EJWC site.

Pastor Annie J. Martin

Annie Martin attended Brunswick County Public Schools in Lawrenceville, Virginia. She has been married to John Martin for nearly 49 years and is the mother of two children (Deborah and Michael). She has two grandchildren (Michaiah and Jeremy). Minister Martin graduated from Greensville Memorial Hospital’s nursing program as an LPN in1980. She attended Southside Virginia and J. Sergeant Reynolds Community colleges. She graduated Cum Lade with a nursing degree in 1989 and passed the licensing board to practice as a registered nurse. She has worked in the nursing field (a ministry of helps) for thirty five years. Minister Martin accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior in the early 70’s when she joined the Church of the Holy City. She loves the Lord and serves Him to the best of her ability as lead by the Holy Spirit. Minister Martin graduated from the Interdenominational Bible Institute on May 30, 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Education. She received her Doctorate of Divinity from Spirit of Truth Bible Institute in Richmond, VA in the year 2000. She is currently a member of the Elnora Jarrell Worship Center in Emporia, VA where she serves as Assistant Pastor under the leadership of Pastor Valley K. Woodley. She assists other churches in whatever capacity they need as time and opportunity allows. She is a board member of the Fred and Dorothy Clark Foundation and Elnora Jarrell Worship Center Daycare. Minister Martin is an alumna of Exousia Prayer Summit which is under the leadership of Pastor Yolanda Powell of Huntingtown, Maryland. She honors the Lord Jesus Christ for all He has done!!

All praises belong to God for all His benefits!

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