The Rev. George H. Jack Woodard has accepted a call to become rector of the parish of St. Stephen and the Incarnation at 16th and Newton Streets NW. Formerly on the staff of Trinity Parish in New York, he currently is pastor of La Epifania Church, a union congregation in Santo Domingo. He will succeed the Rev. William A. Wendt, who resigned earlier this year to pursue a ministry to terminally ill persons and their families.

Cardinal George Basil Hume of Westminster has been named by Pope John Paul II to a post on the secretariat of the world Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church, a seat that the pope held before his election to the papacy.

Dr. George Erik Rupp, dean of academic affairs and professor of humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin of Green Bay, has been named dean of Harvard University Divinity School. Rupp, a United Presbyterian clergyman and an expert in comparative religions, succeeds Dr. Krister Stendahl, who has resigned, effective next June 30.

Thomas D. Hinton, chief fiscal adviser for the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, will retire Sunday from the finance administration office of the National Conference of Cathoilc Bishops, where he has served the church for 36 years.

The Rev. Malcolm Marshall, rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Connecticut Avenue and Bancroft Place, NW, will retire Sunday.