Elder Thomas Q. Woodhouse, Sr.

Pastor of Philippians Church of Christ Holy Disciples 



Elder Thomas Q. Woodhouse, Sr. is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and was educated in the Chesapeake Public School System. Following his high school graduation, he made the decision to serve and protect his country, and he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he served for three and a half years. Elder Woodhouse has worked for over 19 years in the Public Schools System. He has worked in Newport News, Virginia Beach, Hampton, and now in Norfolk Public Schools, where he currently works in Special Education.  

Elder Woodhouse confessed Christ at an early age at the Philippians Church of Christ Holy Disciples. Philippians is also where he got his start in ministry serving on the Youth Usher Board and as the church drummer. In 2012, Elder Woodhouse rededicated his life to the Lord and began to walk in his calling. With the help of God and the direction of his Pastor, Dr. Mary L. Woodhouse, he prepared himself for ministry. On February 12, 2017, he was licensed as a Minister. In January 2019, Elder Woodhouse was elected to succeed Dr. Mary L. Woodhouse as Pastor of Philippians Church of Christ Holy Disciples. On August 24, 2019 he was installed as the second Pastor of Philippians Church of Christ Holy Disciples. 


Elder Woodhouse has served as the Pastor’s Anniversary Committee Chairperson, Men of Faith Program Coordinator, Church Trustee, and Associate Minister at Philippians Church of Christ Holy Disciples. Additionally, he currently serves on the Human Services Advisory Board for the City of Chesapeake.

Understanding the need to further his education, Minister Woodhouse has attended Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary. He is currently enrolled at Christian Leadership Institute where is working on his Bachelor of Divinity Degree.


Minster Woodhouse is the youngest of five children born to Elder Thomas R. Woodhouse and Elder Dr. Mary L. Woodhouse. He is married to Sister Donna Heggins Woodhouse and as a combined family, they have five children: Demetrius Malone, Imani Heggins, Tyrell Heggins, Akilah Woodhouse, and Thomas Q.Woodhouse Jr. They also have one granddaughter, A’Nique Deering.



Elder Woodhouse's favorite scripture is Psalms 34:1: "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."