Richard L. Wood is a minister, geek and sports fanatic who has spent the last 15+ years living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Originally from Wilkesboro, NC, he is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University (B.A., Political Science, 2000) and Campbell University Divinity School (M.Div., Christian Education, 2005). Currently, he serves as Associate Pastor for Education and Families at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church in Sanford, NC and Adjunct Instructor of Religion in the Degree Completion Program at Gardner-Webb University.
Richard proudly classifies himself as a geek. He has had a love of technology since his father bought him his first computer when he was four. He spent summers as a teenager running Ethernet cable and setting up computer labs for schools in the local system, was a resident technician in his college dorm and spent two and a half years as the head of IT for a small communications company specializing in satellite communications. His geekness also generated a desire to become an accomplished trombonist and a participant of marching and concert band in high school and college. Richard’s other interests include travel, comic books, sci-fi television and movies, cooking and attending drum corps shows.
Richard’s love of sports came from his maternal grandfather, who he claims is the only Braves fan he knew who cheered for them before 1991, and his parents, who took him five miles down the road to North Wilkesboro Speedway numerous times for NASCAR races. While not very athletic, Richard’s playing career consisted of church-league softball and college intramural sports. He spends most of the time enjoying the sporting events the Triangle has to offer. A life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs, he believes they will win the World Series in his lifetime Edit: (they did on November 2, 2016). His other rooting interests are the University of North Carolina basketball, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Durham Bulls, and the University of Tennessee football.
Most importantly, Richard is the husband of Beth and father of Megan.