Thursday, November 15, 2007 | |

The Leadership Blog Interview: George O. Wood

Dr. George O. Wood - General Superintendent

Bio: Dr. George O. Wood was elected chief executive officer of the Assemblies of God at the 52nd General Council in August 2007. As general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, USA, part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, he is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. The church has over 12,300 congregations in the United States with some 2.8 million members and adherents.

Prior to his present position, Wood served the church as its general secretary for 14 years. He was assistant superintendent of the Southern California District from 1988-93. He pastored Newport-Mesa Christian Center in Costa Mesa, California, for 17 years. During his tenure, the church experienced significant growth, relocated and constructed new facilities, and gave $1 million to world missions in the last biennium of his pastorate.

Site: Assemblies of God

The Leadership Blog Interview Questions
1. Dr. Wood, what gives you the greatest joy in being a leader?
Dr. Wood:
Knowing I’m where the Lord wants me to be. Relationship with people. Accomplishing goals.

2. What is your biggest pet peeve as a leader?
Dr. Wood:
A report that is read in a meeting. Better to give an oral synopsis.

3. Who made the biggest influence in your life as a leader?
Dr. Wood:
My mother and father.

4. What books have changed your life?
Dr. Wood:
Other than the Bible . . . C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters. Barclay’s commentary set on the NT, when you disregard the neo-orthodoxy and just get to the great illustrative material.

5. What's your biggest challenge as a leader?
Dr. Wood:
Making sure that the top priorities are accomplished

6. What goals do you have as a leader?

Dr. Wood: Go to my web site, the general superintendent’s page at

7. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Dr. Wood:
I can’t see that far ahead.

Thank you Dr. Wood for your time!