J. David Woodard

I was educated at a Christian college, Abilene Christian University, and went to graduate school in Washington, D.C. and finished at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I had a distinct crisis of faith during graduate school and upon finishing my degree. Francis Schaeffer, and the work of L'Abri Fellowship was very instrumental in my thinking and subsequent scholarship. I am now a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Clemson, S.C.

My Life

Favorite Quote

"Being a Christian is an education in itself," C.S. Lewis

Friends describe me

as dull.

My hobbies

I only have two hobbies, reading and writing. My vocation of politics is also a calling in that I work with candidates who run for political office.

Fantasy dinner guests

Francis Schaeffer, T.S. Eliot and John Calvin.

Best advice I ever received

"Read biography, not history."

My undergrad alma mater

Abilene Christian College.

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

Oldsmobile 442, two-door stick shift.

If I weren't a professor, I would

be a political consultant or a professional writer.

Favorite books

T.S. Eliot, "Selected Poems," J.I. Packer, "Knowing God," and Francis Schaeffer, "The God Who Is There."

Favorite movies

Recent movies I like: "The Painted Veil," "Cry The Beloved Country," and "To End All Wars."

Favorite city

Nashville, Tennessee

Favorite coffee

None, I don't drink the stuff.

Nobody knows I

I was a college athlete in track and field, once held the New Mexico state records in the mile and two-mile runs.

My latest accomplishment

Just published the second edition of THE NEW SOUTHERN POLITICS and have a proposal to write a biography of former President George W. Bush.

Current Research

American politics, southern politics and presidential leadership.