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DeWayne Stanley Woodring, religious organization administrator. Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1955. Named one of 25 Leaders Who Shaped The Industry, Convention South Magazine, 2008; named to, Kentucky Colonels, 1989, Hall of Leaders, Convention Liaison Council, 1994; recipient Certified Meeting Professional award, 1985, Certified Experiment Manager award, 1988, Sagamore of Wabash award, State Indiana, 2007.


Woodring, DeWayne Stanley was born on November 10, 1931 in Gary, Indiana, United States. Son of J. Stanley and Vera Luella (Brown) Woodring.


Bachelor of Science in Speech with distinction, Northwestern University, 1954;postgraduate studies in radio and television broadcasting, Northwestern University, 1954-1957;Master of Divinity, Garrett Theological Seminary, 1957;Doctor of Humane Letters, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, 1967;Doctor of Divinity, Salem (West Virginia) College, 1970.


Association youth director, Gary Young Men’s Christian Association, 1950-1955;minister of education, Griffith (Indiana) Methodist Church, 1955-1957;minister administration and program, 1st Methodist Church, Eugene, Oregon, 1957-1959;director public relations Dakotas area, Methodist Church, 1959-1960;director public relations Ohio area, Methodist Church, 1960-1964;administrative executive to bishop, Ohio East area United Methodist Church, Canton, 1964-1977;assistant general secretary, General Council on Financial and Administration, United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois, 1977-1979;associate general secretary, General Council on Financial and Administration, 1979-1984;executive director, Chief Executive Officer, Religious Conference Management Association, since 1982. Lllllstaff, department radio services 2d assembly World Council Churches, Evanston,1954. Vice-chairman commission on entertainment and program North Control Jursidictional Conference, 1968-1972, chairman, 1972-1976.

Commission on general conference United Methodist Church, 1972-1993, business manager, executive director, 1976-1993, member division interpretation, 1969-1972. Chairman committee commission Ohio Council Churches, 1961-1965. Executive Committee National Association United Methodist Foundation, 1968-1972.

Delegate World Methodist Conference, London, England., 1966, Dublin, Ireland, 1976, Honolulu, 1981, Nairobi, 1986, Singapore, 1991, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1996. Executive Committee World Methodist Council, since 1986. Delegate White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, 1995, Ohio East Area United Methodist Foundation, 1967-1978, vice president 1967-1976.

Chairman of the Board managers United Methodist Building, Evanston, 1977-1984. Advisory board HystarAeroship Company, Nassau/Paradise Island. Lecturer, consultant on foreign traveling.


  • Ordained to ministry, Methodist Church, 1955.


  • Other Work

    • Creator (radio series) The Word and Music, producer, director (television series) Parables in Miniature, 1957-1959.


Adviser East Ohio Conference Communications Commission, 1968-1976. President Guild Associations, since 1971. Trustee, 1st vice president Copeland Oaks Retirement Center, Sebring, Ohio, 1969-1976.

Board directors First International Summit on Education, 1989. Member American Society Association Executives, Indiana Society Association Executives (meeting Planner of Year award 1990), meeting Professional International, Convention Liaison Council (board directors, past chairman), Defense Orientation Conference Association (chaplain), Indiana Convention Visitors Association (board directors, 1996-1999) Certified meeting Professionals (board directors 1983-1991), International Association Exposition Management, Foundation for International meetings (board directors), Marriott Cust. Leadership Forum (member customer advisory board).


Married Donna Jean Wishart, June15, 1957. Children: Judith Lynn (Mistress Richard Bigelow), Beth Ellen (Mistress Thomas Carey).

J. Stanley Woodring

Vera Luella (Brown) Woodring

Donna Jean Wishart

Judith Lynn Woodring (Mistress Richard Bigelow)

Beth Ellen Woodring (Mistress Thomas Carey)