PAS­TOR

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sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. He served as a board mem­ber for three dif­fer­ent non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing LifeStyles Inc., A New Start at Kia’s Place and Ech­e­lon Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, Inc.

Moore also served as an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent of the Chel­tenham Youth Fa­cil­ity and over­saw the shel­ter and re-di­rect pro­grams. Moore re­tired from the Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices in 2007 after 31 years.

Hav­ing worked with trou­bled youth, the 64-year-old Moore said that was some­thing that in­flu­enced his de­ci­sion to be­come a pas­tor.

“A large part of my fo­cus is youth and at Prov­i­dence-Fort Wash­ing­ton, that’s go­ing to con­tinue to be part of my fo­cus. Youth and se­niors,” he said. “With the youth, par­tic­u­larly in terms of a pre­ven­tion kind of thing — to talk with kids about where they are and how they see them­selves in the stage of life where they are. And how to look at cer­tain sit­u­a­tions that may be trou­bling, how to deal with bul­ly­ing and other things that our youth are deal­ing with.”

With the in­creased pres­sure youth have in to­day’s so­ci­ety, Moore said they def­i­nitely need a pos­i­tive role model in their lives as they pre­pare to go into adult­hood.

Moore said he an­swered God’s call to serve again and went on to be­come a chap­lain for the Henry E. Lackey High School foot­ball team in In­dian Head, led by head coach John Lush.

“My word is al­ways one of en­cour­age­ment — one of en­cour­age­ment in­di­vid­u­ally and one of en­cour­age­ment col­lec­tively as a team,” said Moore, a hus­band, father of three adult chil­dren and grand­fa­ther to three grand­chil­dren. “I’m there to sup­port them when they’re up and of course when they’re down, more like a spir­i­tual thing. … I might re­fer to a scrip­ture ev­ery now and then but it’s mainly just a straight talk with the guys and they’ve been very re­spect­ful. I usu­ally end with a prayer where they all lock arms and bow their heads. It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause it lets you know that our youth are hun­gry for a pos­i­tive word from adults. They are hun­gry for pos­i­tive sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from adults.”

Out of his six years as head coach, Moore said Lush has never lost a kid dur­ing game sea­son due to bad grades.

“He’s so in­volved with them on and off the field,” Moore said. “He has man­dated study hall and em­pha­sis on their be­hav­ior off the field as much as on the field. It’s just been pos­i­tive. I’m proud to be a part of that whole thing. It reaf­firms the fact we have some great kids out here.”

Lush, a Bryans Road res­i­dent, said he is proud to share a pas­sion for kids with Moore. The im­pact for kids off the field is much more im­por­tant as they have a long life ahead of them, he said.

“Pas­tor Moore worked with a cou­ple of the kids on the team,” Lush said. “One of them is our cap­tain and an­other one is on the verge of be­ing a cap­tain for our team. And one grad­u­ated last year that was a cap­tain so you kind of get a chance to see the growth. He’s got a big im­pact on that as well.”

Moore said he’s just liv­ing his life ac­cord­ing to what he’s sup­posed to be do­ing. His re­la­tion­ship with God is what al­lows him to help others.

“We are all called to be de­ci­phers of Christ,” Moore said. “It’s just a ques­tion of how well we ded­i­cate our­selves to do­ing that and hav­ing that.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Moore prays with mem­bers of the Henry E. Lackey High School foot­ball team just be­fore a game Sept. 2 in In­dian Head. Moore is a chap­lain for the team, led by head coach John Lush (pic­tured stand­ing in the back) who has taught English at the school for...

Moore reads scrip­ture from the Holy Bi­ble as he sits at a desk in the pas­tor’s study.

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