Vale: Peter Moore

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The Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore, 83, peacefully entered into eternal life May 30th in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Born in Scarsdale, NY, Peter was an innovative leader, mentor, preacher and author for more than 50 years. He currently served as the director of the Anglican Leadership Institute since 2016, training leaders in the world-wide Anglican Church in servant leadership, all the while serving as a scholar in residence at St. Michael’s Church, in Charleston, SC.

Peter served as director of the Council for Religion in Independent Schools in New York City and at that time, started FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) in 1962. FOCUS seeks to bring Christ to students attending independent Secondary Schools along America’s East Coast. He then served as the fourth dean/president of Trinity School for Ministry and as its first president of the board of trustees, before moving to Charleston, SC. 

Decade after decade, Peter was an unswerving, tireless agent of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a man who served under the Bible and not above it, fighting to keep the church he knew and loved in a place of obedience to Scripture. Peter also had an unrelenting passion to reach the next generation for Jesus Christ, as evidenced by the men and women who came to know Christ through Peter’s work from pulpit to public debate, classroom to tennis court, ski retreats to one-on-one lunches, truly anywhere he went. He leaves a global legacy that is sorely missed. It was not by coincidence that Peter died on the eve of Pentecost: Peter lived and breathed through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Peter held degrees from Yale University, Oxford University, Episcopal Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological  Seminary, where he earned his doctorate. He served in parish ministry at All Souls Episcopal Church, East McKeesport, PA. Peter later served as rector of Little Trinity Anglican Church, a historic parish in downtown Toronto.Peter was also a gifted academic and the author of several books, including:  A Church to Believe In; Disarming the Secular Gods; One Lord One Faith: Getting Back to the Basics of your Faith in an Age of Confusion; Can a Bishop be Wrong? Ten Scholars Challenge John Shelby Spong; and  From Dry Bones: Reflections on an Unpredictable Life.

Peter wrote for the Carolina Compass a prolific and impactful column called “Moore to Ponder.” He is survived by his wife, Sandra; three children: Jennifer Moore; the Rev. Kate Norris (the Rev. Sean Norris); and David Moore (Alexandra Moore MSN CRNP) and two grandchildren, Rhyan Norris and Skylar Norris.

The memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later time.