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Dr Mark Reynolds Moore


Dr Mark Reynolds Moore

Arkansas, USA
Death 15 Feb 2006 (aged 89)
Kansas, USA
Burial Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 137909401 View Source
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Mark Reynolds Moore was born in Vilonia, Arkansas, on September 30, 1916 and passed away on February 15, 2006 in the arms of family members. He was 89.

The second oldest of five brothers and two sisters, Mark grew up in Houston, Texas, and Wichita and Topeka, Kansas, where his father served in pastorates for the Church of the Nazarene. After graduating from Topeka High School at the age of 16, he enrolled in Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) in Bethany, Oklahoma. By 1938 he had earned two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Theology. In 1946 he completed a Master of Arts in theology from Baylor University. Later he received two honorary doctorates – from Olivet Nazarene University (1962) and from Africa Nazarene University (1998).

He pastored Nazarene churches in Texas and Kansas from 1938 until 1944 then volunteered to become a chaplain in the U.S Army during World War II.

Serving in the 106th Infantry Division, he was captured by the Nazi army during the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944. As a prisoner of war, he was marched across Germany during one of the coldest winters on record and held in starving conditions in unheated barracks. He was liberated in the famous raid by Patton’s forces on the Hammelburg prison – only to be forced to surrender again to German captors two days later. He was liberated for good in May, 1945 by an American unit in which his own brother was a chaplain. Moore received the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in battle and the Bronze Star for acts of heroism in assisting wounded and dying men following a bombing attack.

Upon returning from the war, Moore served two years as a professor at his undergraduate alma mater. He then became a district superintendent, overseeing Nazarene churches in Oklahoma for 4 years and in Chicago and northeastern Illinois for 16 years. In his 20 years as a district superintendent he organized over 50 new churches.

In 1968 he was elected president of Trevecca Nazarene College (now University) in Nashville, Tennessee. During his presidency he led the school in strong academic, faculty, building and campus growth. He was a much-loved “students’ president,” which led to the naming of the school’s Moore Physical Education Building in his honor.

In 1979 he became Secretary of Education for the Nazarene denomination. In this position he assisted nine Nazarene colleges in North America and numerous other Nazarene colleges and seminaries around the world in accomplishing their missions.

He retired in 1986 at age 70 but was asked to come out of retirement a year later and move to Nairobi, Kenya, to lead in the founding of Africa Nazarene University. He served there for four years, establishing the campus plans, building the first buildings, planning the curriculum, and hiring faculty. Classes were begun as a Bible College in anticipation of government approval (received shortly after his departure) to begin offering liberal arts and seminary degrees.

Following his return to the U.S., Moore remained active in educational work, ultimately founding Global Christian Education in 1997. The focus of GCE is to foster, develop, and provide Christian education to underserved populations. Moore’s dream was to “equip the poorest of the poor for ministry and service.” This specifically included developing local preachers into effective pastors and preparing health care workers to fight AIDS in Africa and other world areas. In the last years of his life Moore poured much time and energy into Global Christian Education.

In recent years he also became active in the Heart of America chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War. He served as Vice-Commander and then Commander of that organization in 2003 and 2004.

Throughout his life Moore was an avid fisherman and hunter, seeing both as a way to build strong relationships, teamwork, and family ties.

Mark Moore is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Clarice Eudora (Pyles) Moore. He was always quick to point out – accurately so – that his accomplishments and decisions were all shared by her. He was fond of saying that they agreed at marriage that he would make all the major decisions and she would make all the minor ones “and we haven’t had a major decision yet.”

He is also survived by two sisters, Adana Bugh (Boise, Idaho) and Roxie Ann Wessels (Olathe); by one brother, Bill Moore (Memphis, Tennessee); by two sons, Kent Moore (Phoenix, Arizona) and Brad Moore (Leawood); by four grandchildren, Greg Moore (Phoenix), Stefanie Moore (Phoenix), B. Todd Moore (Leawood), and Erin Richerson (Prairie Village); and by four great-grandchildren.

The funeral was celebrated on February 20, at College Church of the Nazarene, Olathe, KS. Burial will be in Bethany, Oklahoma at a date to be determined. Memorial donations can be made to Global Christian Education in care of McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

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