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Rev. O. Leon Wood, PhD., Interim Pastor

Pastor Wood gets inspired by serving his community. He has dedicated most of his life and career to serving his family and assisting others in their pursuits for a better life. Recently, he completed a lifelong dream of completing a doctoral degree in educational studies at the Claremont Graduate University. Over the past 50 years, he has served the communities of Southern California as an educator, community activist and as a pastor.  Prior to coming to St. Mark, Pastor Leon served as a Chaplain for the Claremont Colleges.
Rev. Wood founded the North Long Beach Community Prayer Center. Through the church, he & his wife Paula, founded the Long Beach Freedom School/Success in Challenges a summer reading literacy program that serves the inner-city youth. Leon and Paula have two children and two grandchildren.


Evangelist Retta D. Ware, Associate Minister