Bart Woods

Jan 7, 2016 | Stories

My life is truly a testament to how God orchestrated my life often in spite of me as stated in Romans 8:28; “in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” This was apparent immediately when I was born to Christian parents that often modeled Christ by serving others.  When I was three years old, my family moved to D Ave NE just three houses away from the Dairy Queen. I attended Polk Elementary School and at eight years old after hearing the gospel preached from John 3:16 I accepted Christ as my personal Savior.

My family moved from the “hood” to the “burbs” during the summer between seventh and eighth grade while I was at Franklin Junior High.  Although most of my life through junior high, high school, and college did not reflect Christ, He still blessed me beyond what I deserve by realizing my God given love for children and by meeting my future wife.  After graduating from Washington High School and attending Iowa State University for one year, I married my high school sweetheart, Jenny.

I have now been at Primus Construction for twenty-three years including thirteen years as the owner.  Previously, I worked for a local architect, the City of Cedar Rapids, and a design-build construction company.  Over the past thirty years I have been blessed to serve on the boards for the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary, Jane Boyd Community House, Eastern Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Proverbs Ministry, Mission of Hope, and Heartland Youth for Christ.  I have enjoyed my involvement with each of these organizations, but my best memories have come from volunteering at Polk Elementary School and working with junior kids through church and Youth for Christ over the past twenty-five years.

Jenny and I have now been married for over thirty-two years.  God has blessed us with four children. Ben (26) lives and works in the Seattle area, Emily (24) has now been married to Tyler for three years and is living in Cedar Falls and working for Prairie Lakes Church, Caleb (17) is doing well in school including performing with various vocal music groups as a senior at Washington High School, and Keaton loves soccer and basketball as a freshman at Washington High School. Jenny and I are both so grateful that our children have all accepted Christ as their personal Savior and pray that they live a life that honors Jesus.

About five years ago I became convicted that we should move from the “burbs” back to the “hood”. Jenny was not convinced so, thankfully, we prayed and waited on the Lord for direction. God used a book given to Jenny by our daughter and a failed real estate deal to bring us together concerning the idea of moving to a more urban setting. After looking through numerous DIY homes, God provided the perfect rehabbed home on 2nd Avenue SE in the Spring of 2014.  I am thrilled today to be attending Veritas Church in downtown Cedar Rapids and once again living close to the Jesus Hy-Vee. In just one and a half years, God has already blessed my family through befriending various guys at the Mission of Hope shelter just two blocks away, and meeting weekly with a small group of neighborhood middle school aged boys.

Speaking of junior high aged boys, I used to correct them when they would answer my every question with “Jesus”.  Through my own life and seeing other’s lives, I have come to the realization that no matter what the question or problem, the answer is Jesus.  I’m so grateful that he first loved me!

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