David Brainard Woodward ’39

David Brainard Woodward ’39, 93, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 23 at Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra, Calif., from complications following surgery.

Born to missionary parents on June 11, 1918, in the Philippines, Woodward spent his life in ministry as a pastor and missionary.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Woodward, 801 W Commonwealth Ave., Apt. 10, Alhambra, CA 91801-3656; son, Ted Woodward (Omi); daughters, Marion Shay (Ken), Edie Nelson (Randy), Susan Bonilla (John); 11 grandchildren, Christy, Omi, and Timothy Shay, Nick and Brian Woodward, Rob and David Nelson, and Theresa (Landon), Andrea, Julia, and Caroline Bonilla; and two great-grandchildren, Jane and Joshua Landon.

Woodward returned from the Philippines to complete studies, earning a B.A. from Davidson in 1939, earning a Th.M. from Princeton Seminary in 1942, ordination by the Presbyterian Church in 1942, earning an M.A. from Seattle Pacific University in 1968, and earning a D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1979.

In March of 1945, Woodward and wife Betty embarked on a lifetime of ministry around the world from India, China, Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In 1983 he returned to become pastor of community outreach and then missions pastor at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Calif.