When the Dan Beller Legacy Award is given to an individual, it is always important to understand the purpose and criteria of the award. The purpose is “to honor those individuals who have made a lasting impact on the Kingdom of God and left a legacy that will affect generations to come. The criteria is that the “recipient has demonstrated Christian character and leadership in service which has produced tangible evidence in individuals or organizations bringing an impact to the Church or Community for today and the future. Dr. Ronald Quentin Moore definitely fulfills this purpose and criteria.
Our focus will be on 5 areas of Dr. Moore’s life in: Family, Ministry, Missions, College Presidency and Conference Leadership.
Dr. Moore was born August 12, 1939. He married the love of his life, Doris Lorene Jones on July 5, 1959. Miss Doris has had a celebrated career and Christian ministry of her own as Executive Director of the IPHC Women’s Ministries and as a Trustee Board Member of Holmes Bible College.
Three sons were born to the Moores: David, Tim and Phillip. These sons excelled as youth and godly men in their own right. David, serves as the IPHC National Royal Ranger Commander and is married to Carol; Tim, serves as a United States Navy Chaplain and is married to Pam; and Phillip, serves as Executive Pastor of ARK Church and is married to Ellen. The Moores have 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
(Note: A few years ago, I mistakenly identified as a son of the Moores. That mistake was an honor and privilege for me. I love the Moore family and am glad to be an honorary member and son.)
Dr. Moore was licensed as an IPHC minister in 1959 and ordained in 1962. As a credentialed Pentecostal Holiness minister, Dr. Moore served as pastor of 3 churches early in his ministerial career. He pioneered and planted the Belvedere, South Carolina church; was pastor of Easley First PHC, becoming the first full-time pastor and relocated the church to much larger facilities; and was pastor of Taylor Memorial PHC in Anderson, SC where he led the church to being the first IPHC church to average 500 in Sunday School attendance and had a strong emphasis in Christian Education. Dr. Moore’s love for people, shepherd heart and servant leadership were the foundations for his pastoral success.
For 15 years, Dr. Moore served as the Assistant Director of World Missions for the IPHC. He was the office manager and was responsible for assisting missionaries in securing financial support. Dr. Moore traveled and ministered in more than 40 countries during this time, preaching, teaching and doing public relations work for the Missions department.
Education has always been important to Dr. Moore. His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Central Wesleyan College; a Bachelor of Theology from Holmes Theological Seminary; a Master of Education from Clemson University; a Master of Ministry from SCU; and two honorary doctorates from Holmes College of the Bible and SCU.
In 1990, Dr. Moore became the president of SCU, known as Southwestern College of Christian Ministries and served in that capacity for 8 years. During his tenure, enrollment increased from 84 to a high of 222. Dr. Moore was instrumental in helping to establish the SCU Graduate School and the A.B.L.E (Adult Degree completion) program. During his presidency, he was well-loved by the students and worked diligently to increase the student enrollment by traveling to churches and numerous events representing SCU.
IPHC Conference Leadership
After leaving SCU, Dr. Moore served as the senior pastor at Calhoun Falls PHC before being elected as the Assistant Conference Superintendent for the Upper South Carolina Conference, serving full-time as Director of Evangelism and World Missions Ministries.
In 2002, Dr. Moore was elected to lead the Upper South Carolina Conference as Superintendent, which happened to be the same year I was first elected superintendent. We were the new guys together. During his 8 years as conference superintendent, Dr. Moore led the conference to new heights in giving to missions and in church membership and attendance. His impact is still honored today. (Read letter from Bishop Ray Boggs.)
Dr. Moore is semi-retired. He serves as an adjunct professor at Holmes Bible College and assisted in developing their adult degree completion program: B.E.A.M. – Biblical Education for Adults in Ministry. Of course, when you have the many gifts, talents and abilities of Dr. Moore and you have the call of God on your life, you are never really retired. You might just slow down…a little.
Dr. Ronald Quentin Moore is an extraordinary man of God, an anointed minister of the Gospel, a dedicated missions-minded servant, an educated collegiate innovator and a revered and honored leader in the IPHC and Kingdom of God. When Dr. Moore’s grandchildren were asked to describe their PaPa in one word, here’s the list they compiled: awesome, wise, inspirational, example, influential, generous, dedicated and best storyteller. He’s our PaPa! I think we can all agree with those descriptive words about Dr. Moore!
It is my special honor and distinct privilege to present to you at this time the recipient of the 2016 Dan Beller Legacy Award: Dr. Ronald Quentin Moore.
[Editor's comment: David (Moore) was gracious enough to stay with Ron's mom so that Ron and Doris could travel to OKC. Tim, of course, is stationed in Guam and, therefore, unable to attend.