Our Pastor

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Reverend Cynthia T. Turner Wood, D.Min.

Dear Friend:
I warmly welcome you to our site and pray you will be enriched and edified during your visit. Our hope is that one day you'll join us in worship, in study and in prayer. We desire to connect with you in and hope that as we build this community you feel the pull of love and joy through this personal invitation. We still believe you can build a church on the Word of God and are striving to do so. So join us!

My bio is listed on the "About Us" section of this site. In the meantime, here's something fun to know about me.

Very best,

Rev. Cynthia T. Turner Wood


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What You Should Know About Me

Name: Rev. Cynthia T. Turner Wood, D.Min.

Husband: Rev. Jesse L. Wood, D.Min.


AKA:  Pastor Turner Wood, Dr. Turner Wood, Rev. Cynthia, Doc, and, perhaps my favorite from the neighborhood children where I grew up, "Rev. Aunt Cynthia"

Occupation:  Senior Pastor


Favorite Church:  Dayspring Community Church


Favorite Movies: I'm a Hitchcock fan, Harriet, The Great Debaters (really anything Denzel), Gone Girl, Moonstruck, Ghost, anything mushy

Favorite Authors:  Zora Neale Hurston (#1), Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, J. California Cooper, Lorraine Hansberry, Barbara Brown Taylor, Joan Chittister, Ta-Nehisi Coates

My Undergraduate Major: Broadcast Journalism


Favorite Food:  Tradtional Thanksgiving Dinner and anything from New Orleans and Italy

Favorite Prez & First Lady: Barack and Michelle Obama!   


Favorite Vacation Place:  Hanalei Bay, Kuai, Italy, and any bookstore


Personal Motto: #1: "It's not what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you that matters most."  #2: "Quitting is not an option." (Thanks, Dr. Curtis!)

Favorite Thing To Do:  Preach! (Then, travel, read, and write in that order.)

Addictions:  My iPad; Candy Crush, Scrabble

On My ITunes:
 Lots of sermons by my favorite preachers, some Corinne Bailey Rae, early Al Jarreau, Jonathan Butler, Sade, Darius Rucker, and yes some Prince, Beyonce, Parliament, and Bootsy Collins :-)


On My Kindle: Womanist Midrash, A.W. Tozer, Oriah, The Bait of Satan, My Soul Rhythms


Most Admired Character Traits:  Authenticity, integrity, loyalty and a good sense of humor


Simple Pleasures: Long nature walks, big belly laughs, scenic drives, dabbling with iPad apps, Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, fresh tomato basil pizza, and Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream


Social Media: 
-Facebook (Cynthia Turner)
-Twitter (@revcynturner)






Reverend Dr. Cynthia T. Turner Wood is the second Pastor of the 23-year-old Dayspring Community Church in Lanham, Maryland, a position she has proudly held since 2005.  

Dr. Turner Wood graduated from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in December 2006 as a Curtis-Watson Fellow. There she received the Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis on prophetic preaching. She holds a Master of Divinity degree (2003) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree (1986) in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Prior to entering ministry full-time, Reverend Turner Wood served in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Speechwriter to Assistant Secretary for Health and US Surgeon General David Satcher. She was also on staff as Director of Publications at the Association of American Medical Colleges. She brings to ministry more than 25 years' experience in publishing, health communications, and public health. 

After completing her Master of Divinity degree, Dr. Turner Wood spent a year on staff with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC, where she promoted the art of contemplative living. She serves on the Governing Council of the Global United Fellowship and is an instructor with WomanPreach, Inc. (Jarena Lee Preaching Academy).  She is also a missionary with the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention’s Pastoral Excellence Program (Team 8) and a Pilgrim Leader of the Thriving in Ministry Program for Women Pastors. She currently serves on several boards, including the Mary/Elizabeth House (Washington, DC), an organization that houses and supports mothers transitioning out of the foster care system; the DC Baptist Convention; the Ministerial Advisory Board of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies; and the Graduate Alumni Council of Wesley Theological Seminary. 

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Dr. Turner Wood enjoys traveling to new places, contemplation, writing reflectively and gardening. She is married to Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Wood, Executive Pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD. Together, they are helping to raise their teenage “daughter-niece,” Amani. They reside in Silver Spring, Maryland, with their dog named Blue.