Pastor Bill Wood hails from Detroit, Michigan. A teenage interest in chemistry, coupled with his grandfather’s tutelage on the piano, and active involvement in his Methodist Church youth group, together with the unfailing love and support of his family have led to his lifelong passion for serving God in church, family, community, science and the arts.
His educational degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from the University of Michigan (1973), a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1977), and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena (1983). He was ordained to the ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in October of 1983. He served as Associate Pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, California, from 1983-1998.
He married the love of his life, Sherril Kannasto, of Ashland, Oregon, in June of 1998; they have one daughter, Julie, who lives with her husband in British Columbia. Bill began his service as Pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica in August of 1998. His hobbies include classical music and opera, reading, beach volleyball, tennis, and travel. He is a terrible golfer.
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