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Moeser receives Alumni Award in Specialized Ministry

May. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Rev. Donald H. Moeser, a Huntington native, has received the Alumni Award in Specialized Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa.

The award is given annually to a graduate who has made lasting contributions to the ministry over a significant period of time. The award was presented by Dr. Michael Cooper-White, seminary president, upon the recommendation of the seminary's Alumni Council. Moeser was nominated by the Rev. John F. Seibert II of Lexington, Ky., a retired U.S. Navy chaplain and former classmate of Moeser's.

Moeser was honored for 50 years of distinguished service to church and society as a pastor of an inter-racial, inner-city congregation in Newark N.J., from 1962-69 and supply and/or interim pastor at a number of other New Jersey churches; as a college professor and acting sociology department chairman at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, from 1968-1971, teaching associate at Ohio State University from 1971-1975 and adjunct sociology professor at several Ohio and New Jersey community colleges; as a professional social worker for his work with the Franklin County Welfare Department and the United Community Council in Columbus, Ohio, and the Lutheran Social Services of New Jersey; as a chaplain at various hospitals, with the Newark Fire Department and with New Jersey state institutions for the developmentally disabled; as a public employee with the N.J. Department of Human Services, a policy analyst on federal legislation for the Commissioner, Upper Central Region Developmental Disability Division Administrative Practice Officer and as administrative assistant to the EEO/Affirmative Action Director; and as a civil and human rights advocate based on his active membership in various humanitarian, civil rights, Native American, African-American and peace organizations and for his participation in multiple peaceful protests.

Moeser is a 1952 graduate of Huntington East High School, 1958 graduate of Marshall University and a 1964 M.A. graduate of West Virginia University. He graduated from Gettysburg Seminary in 1962 and last year received a Golden Anniversary diploma.

Moeser resides in the Portsmouth area with his wife, Susan (Lewis) Moeser.