Local pastor inspires others to live, love through Christ
Brandywine native Kermit Clifton Charles Moore was born and raised in the church, having found a second home in ministry where he discovered his gift in music as a pianist and choir director.
But for Moore, that wasn’t enough as he felt a nudge to answer God’s call and take it to another level.
So in 2010, Moore entered the United Methodist candidacy process at the Wesley Theological Seminary to become a licensed pastor. In the midst of doing that, Moore was assigned to Alexandria Chapel United Methodist Church in Indian Head, and then later to Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church (P-FWUMC) where he assumed leadership as the new pastor effective July 1.
Having recently completed his course of study requirements at the seminary, Moore said he is excited to begin a new chapter at P-FWUMC.
“I teach from scripture,” Moore said in a phone interview . “Once a text has been selected, I teach from that particular text and then relate it to today’s living — how that text applies to us today.”
Moore said scripture serves a greater purpose in teaching people how to live more like Jesus Christ. People should live their lives as humbly as they can so that others can recognize the greatness in them, he said.
“He [Jesus] did not set himself up to be important but He set himself up to be humble,” Moore said. “That’s why He dealt with the poor, the sick, the needy. … Let other people exalt you. Let other people talk about your importance; don’t you talk about it. Because if I have to blow my own horn, maybe my horn is not worth blowing. Let others recognize the good that’s in you. Let others recognize the Christ that’s in you.”
For Moore, he strongly believes that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.
“I’m not all that and a bag of chips,” he said. “But what Christ is able to do through me is the part that’s worthy. That’s the example of how I try to take the scripture and apply it to everyday living today so that the scripture becomes relevant.”
In addition to being active in the church his whole adult life, Moore has been actively involved in the
Brandywine native Kermit Clifton Charles Moore, new pastor of Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church, poses behind a sign leading to the church office in Fort Washington. Moore, who recently completed his course of study requirements for the candidacy process at Wesley Theological Seminary, assumed leadership of the church as of July 1. He is the immediate former pastor of Alexandria Chapel United Methodist Church.