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About BJ Woodworth*
BJ Woodworth is passionate about creating spaces that foster the cultivation, nurturing, and discernment of personal and communal inner wisdom, leading to fruitful life and work in the world. Finding great joy in accompanying individuals and groups on their inner journeys, he is dedicated to helping them discover and clarify their calling in the world.
With a rich background in the PCUSA spanning 31 years, BJ has served in various capacities, including as a teacher, church planter, pastor, campus minister, and spiritual guide. A graduate of Westminster College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he furthered his expertise by obtaining a certificate in Spiritual Transformation from the Transforming Center in Wheaton, IL, in 2012.
Currently serving as the Covenant Pastor for Spiritual Life, Taizé, and Transitional Ministries at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, BJ previously spent 17 years as the founding and lead pastor of the Open Door, Presbyterian Church. He holds the title of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has coached leaders within the PCUSA 1001 New Worshipping Communities and Vital Congregations.
BJ is a certified spiritual director and takes on the roles of lead pastor and lead liturgist for the Transforming Center's 27-month Transforming Communities. Additionally, he has contributed his expertise as a teacher in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program and Church Planting Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
In his personal life, BJ is partnered with Katrina, and together, they have four adult children: Kyra, Elena, Alex, and Zach. Beyond his professional and spiritual pursuits, BJ is an avid homebrewer, a passionate player of "the beautiful game" (soccer), and enjoys immersing himself in literature while spending time in nature.