Dorothy was born and raised around Milaca, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1976 where she became a Christian under Campus Crusade Ministries and received her orientation towards overseas missions. Dorothy is in charge of the Dominican Republic field bookkeeping. She also teaches classes in the Bible Institute(Theology and The Family).
Brad was born in Sioux City, IA, but was raised in Edina, MN. He became a Christian while in high school and got involved in an inner-city church (Park Avenue Methodist Church) in southern Minneapolis where he received his orientation in cross-cultural ministries. He went to Asbury Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1975, He graduated from seminary in 1980.
Brad and Dorothy were married in Minneapolis in 1977. After finishing seminary, they went to Ecuador as missionaries from 1982-1988 and worked primarily in evangelism and leadership training. From 1988-1993 they lived and worked in Spanish Harlem with the Eastern Hispanic District of the CMA. While there, Dorothy served in Women and Children Ministries and Brad as director of the Hispanic Alliance Bible Seminary. God called them to the Dominican Republic in 1993.
The Woods have two sons, Chris and Patrick. Chris and Tatum and their children reside in Nevada, where they minister. Patrick is in ministry in Atlanta, Georgia.
Commenting on their ministry in Dominican Republic, Dorothy states that “People are being transformed into Christ’s image. Some are receiving training through Alliance Bible Institute and then having an effective ministry.” One of Dorothy’s biggest tasks has been the writing of a systematic theology course for students at the Bible institute.
In July of 2004, the Woods returned to Dominican Republic to find three major banks failed, gas prices had more than doubled causing other prices to skyrocket, crime was more rampant than ever, and for three weeks the electricity was off for 18-20 hours per day. Unchecked corruption among some key government officials has set the Dominican Republic back twenty years in its quest to become a highly developed country. But many Dominican Christians say, “In the face of all that is happening we keep our spirits up because we know in whom our real hope rests”.