Dr. Tony Moon has served as a Professor of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College for 33 years. However, his relationship with EC started a few years before he was brought on as a faculty member.
After earning his associate degree in general education from Emmanuel in 1974, Dr. Moon went on to become the first person to finish a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel in the fall of 1975 and graduating in 1976 majoring in religion. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, a Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. Outside of his work at Emmanuel, Dr. Moon has 26 years of experience as a pastor and 12 years of experience as an IPHC conference official.
At Emmanuel, Dr. Moon teaches Bible and ministry courses, something he is still passionate about to this day. For him, he says the motivating factor is working with students and watching them grow socially, academically, and spiritually. In one case in particular, he remembered working with a student who had come to Emmanuel from an unfortunate upbringing and felt a sense of fulfillment as he watched that person eventually leave Emmanuel with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries.
“Just seeing the positive change over a four-year time was my most pleasant experience,” Dr. Moon said. “It’s these kind of experiences that stand out.”
When he is not teaching, Dr. Moon can be found editing his biography on Pentecostal Bishop Joseph Hillary King entitled From Plowboy to Pentecostal Bishop: The Life of J.H. King, published by Emeth Press.
After several years of research, Dr. Moon spent four years writing a historiography on Bishop King and is very knowledgeable about him. He has had many papers and scholarly articles published discussing Bishop King and his beliefs.
For 29 years, Bishop King was the executive head of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and has been recognized by academic scholars as one of the greatest Pentecostal theological thinkers of his time. Bishop King passed away in 1946.
What most do not know is Bishop King played an important role in the development of Emmanuel College.
“Emmanuel College originated in 1919 as Franklin Springs Institute, and he played a very pivotal role in the early development of this institution,” Dr. Moon said.
Dr. A.D. “Doug” Beacham Jr., the Presiding Bishop and General Superintendent of the IPHC, says he believes the life and ministry of Bishop King come alive through Dr. Moon’s words.
“Dr. Tony Moon has admirably brought to real life the often starchy view of this Pentecostal leader,” Bishop Beacham said. “As one who has always admired Bishop King and his family, I joyfully recommend this book to your library. This is a must read for ministers and laity in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and beyond.”
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From Plowboy to Pentecostal Bishop: The Life of J.H. King.
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