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Bishop Moore to celebrate 30 years as pastor this month

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Bishop Samuel R. Moore, pastor of the Full Gospel Assembly in Huntington, celebrates his 30th anniversary as pastor later this month.

Moore, a retired educator who won the Milkin Award for Education Excellence in 2001, also serves 20 churches in the West Virginia and east Tennessee diocese that are affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

The celebration of his service is planned for June 25 through 30 throughout the Tri-State.

Moore is active in civic activities in the Huntington area, serving on the board of Cabell-Huntington Hospital and the BASF Community Advisory Panel. He has served on the Huntington Human Rights Commission and is currently on committees assigned by Mayor Steve Williams. A former President of the Huntington-Cabell NAACP, and Board President of the Ebenezer Community Early Childhood Learning Center, Moore is one of the founders of Unlimited Futures (UFI), a microenterprise development organization in the Fairfield West community.

Among church-sponsored ministries that reach into the Huntington community are Kids of the Kingdom - an outreach for children (grades 1 through 5) that focuses on personal development and excellence with a Christian principle; Heads Up - a scripture based support group ministry for African-American males (ages 20 and up), which emphasizes the leadership responsibility of the man in this society; Bound by Faith Married Couples Ministry; a Tape Ministry; Word Alive Sunday; and establishment of an annual Youth Empowerment Conference.

He began full-time ministry in 2010, after working as a classroom educator for more than 30 years in the Mercer County, W.Va.; Tazewell County, Va.; and Cabell County public school systems. After working his last few years in school administration at Spring Hill Elementary School, he conducted race relations workshops for the Cabell County Schools.

Moore has been praised for his work in the community.

"I have had the honor of knowing Sam Moore for over 20 years. I have known him as a teacher, a community leader, and a minister who cares for his congregation and will do anything to help them, including meeting with and counseling them while they are in jail and attending court hearings with them and their families," Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Chiles said in a release. "Sam recently was instrumental in convincing a young man that it was in his best interests to accept a certain resolution in a criminal case, saving that young man from a possible sentence of life in prison."

Bishop Samuel R. Moore is married to Renna Leftwich Moore and is the father of three children; Leland, Jakki, and Harrison. He has one granddaughter Samaya Lakin Thompson-Moore.

Here is a schedule of events:

TUESDAY, JUNE 25: A 7 p.m. service by the Rev. Franklin Murphy at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington. It will feature special tributes by Bishop Gary Brydie of Glorious Church of God of Huntington.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26: A 7 p.m. service by District Elder Timothy Schofield at United Apostolic Faith Church in Beckley with special tributes by Pastor Bruce Hogan of Rimson Memorial C.O.G.I.C. in Charleston.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27: A 7 p.m. service by Pastor BJ Roberts at Kingdom Life Fellowship Church in Nitro with special tributes by Pastor Donte Jackson of First Baptist Church in Huntington.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28: A red carpet banquet starts at 7 p.m. at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Tickets are $40.

SATURDAY JUNE 29: Breakfast at 9 a.m. with Renna Moore and evangelist Bernadette Adams of New Covenant Believers' in Columbus, Ohio, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. Tickets are $20. It will be followed by a family fun day at 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30: 11:15 a.m. service by Elder J. D. Crockrell at Christ Temple Church in Ashland. A celebration of praise is planned for 5 p.m.

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