The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
Rev. Dr. Robin Woodberry
Class of 1983
Professional Experience & Honors
Rev. Dr. Robin R. Woodberry is a 1983 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. She is the daughter of Rev. Gena Thornton, retired Pastor of Grace A.M.E. Church in Warren, Ohio, and Deacon Robert Thornton. Robin was called into the ministry in the Baptist Church. She was licensed to preach in March of 1995 and was ordained on April 24, 2005, at New Bethel Baptist Church. Robin has worked at New Bethel since 2000, serving in various roles, including the Church Administrator, Youth and Children’s Pastor, and the Assistant Pastor.
In 2017 Robin felt the call to move into a different direction of the ministry and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church beginning her discernment journey to the priesthood. Currently, she is a Postulant for Holy Orders to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.
Dr. Woodberry worked for over 15 years with the youth department of the Lott Carey Global Missions Convention and is a past Youth Director for the Northern Ohio Baptist District Association. The work done through global missions afforded her many opportunities to preach and teach on an international level in more than five different countries. Robin served as the Youth Director at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, from 2000-2003.
Among her deep involvement within the church, she is also very active within the community. Dr. Woodberry completed her term as the 1st Vice President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (I.M.A.), and as the National Church Women United Nominating Committee Chairperson. She served as the Secretary of the Community Mobilization Coalition and just retired after a 5-year term as the Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches (MVAC). She sits on various Boards and Committees, including; Women Hand in Hand, Cardinal Mooney Alumni, ACTION, the MLK Planning Committee, the Greater Youngstown Area Dialogue on Racism, Church Women United, and Interfaith Women of the Valley.
In 2018, Dr. Woodberry received the Rev. L.K.A. Simon Legacy Award for her community involvement and commitment to mission work.
Robin received her Biblical and Religious Training from the Evangelical Training Association, Moody Bible College, and received a Diploma in Theology through the American Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2011 she completed her studies at the Southern Bible Institute and Seminary in Augusta, GA., with a Doctor in Ministry degree. In July 2020 she will be completing the Certificate of Anglican Studies program at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.
Robin is grateful for the diversity in friends that she had at Cardinal Mooney. To this day she believes that her diverse friendships in high school helped to shape her respect of others and her ability to engage with all people. Being a young black girl in an environment that exposed her to people who didn’t look like her, taught Robin lessons that went beyond her book studies. These are lessons that she draws upon every day as she interacts with individuals who have different backgrounds, but all share the same need for her ministry; people who don’t worship like Robin, but need to feel the love of God.
Robin also has a great appreciation for her teachers at CMHS. They cared for her success as a student and as the woman she would become. Robin still use recipes from Mrs. Ruffing’s home economics class and draws upon Miss Shugart’s religious principles.
Personal Life & Interests
Dr. Woodberry resides in Youngstown with her husband, Anthony. They’ve been married for nearly 35 years, and they have five children: LaKleesha, Anthony, Shana, Jeremy, and Aaron. Son, Jacob, is deceased. They have been blessed with five grandchildren; Shanell, Will, Warren, Desiree’ and Xavier. Even with all she has going on, she still makes a little room to golf and line dancing.
Robin’s favorite scripture is Luke 4:18, 19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”