Lo­cal pas­tor in­spires others to live, love through Christ

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

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

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

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.

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