Rev. Dr. Byron C. Moore is the Senior Pastor of the Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Rev. Moore is a native of Detroit, Michigan and came to the Saint Andrew A.M.E. Church family with a diverse background that prepared him for serving the diverse needs of humanity. Rev. Moore is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio; and was bestowed the Honorary Doctorate degree from the Tennessee School of Religion; and has course work completed in the Doctor of Ministry degree at Ashland Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Transformative Leadership. His belief in education also led him to be selected as the student recruiter for Ashland Theological Seminary and elected the Vice President of its Alumni Association, a position from which he later withdrew because of his assignment to pastor out of state.
Rev. Moore has a passion for the church and the community in which it sits. This passion was acknowledged when he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Men of Distinction for community service and leadership; the Richard Allen Award for service and activism; and he was honored as the Pastor of the Year by the Michigan Annual Conference Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Rev. Moore’s passion for preaching has transformed the lives of those who have witnessed this gift in operation. His anointed non-manuscript preaching gift inspires the intellectual; motivates the complacent and reaches across the various demographics of the global community.
Rev. Moore has previously pastored St. James A.M.E. Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Historic Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Detroit, Michigan and Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church in Flint, Michigan. In the six years of his pastoral ministry at St. James, the church experienced significant growth spiritually, numerically and financially. The financial stewardship and church membership more than tripled and the active ministries and organizations more than quadrupled. While serving at the historic Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Detroit, he led the church in the development of its 501c3, Ebenezer Community & Cultural Center (EC3), to provide services to the underserved population of mid-town Detroit and also served as the majority partner in a back-to-school effort to prepare children for the upcoming school year with supplies, health screenings and resource services. While serving at Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church in Flint, Michigan, Rev. Moore served as a leader in addressing the Flint water crisis, while also increasing the awareness of citizens regarding the crisis, which included the offering of Vernon Chapel to be a distribution center for bottled water which was distributed to the citizens of Flint.
Pastor Moore’s effective leadership and desire for change in the church and community is evidenced by the organizations and involvement in which he has had active participation. He was honored with giving the keynote address honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on two different occasions. He previously served as the Director for Evangelism for the Michigan Annual Conference of the AME Church. Rev. Moore has also served on the Executive Board of the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP, the largest chapter in the country, as the Director of Religious Affairs. He was the only clergy person appointed to serve on the St. Paul, MN Mayoral Task Force which provided input and community oversight of the billion dollar light rail transit project. He was one of six African Americans on the Board of Directors for the St. Paul Area Council of Churches. Rev. Moore also passionately volunteered for the Chosen To Achieve African American Mentorship Program that serves to retain African American students’ presence in the school system and reduce the high drop out rate. Rev. Moore took a righteous stand for God’s kingdom when he was the only clergy person who testified in a key court case to remove a liquor store and an adult bookstore from the church community. Rev. Moore was also the only African American and one of three clergy persons featured twice in the Saint Paul, MN newspaper, The Star Tribune’s, Faith & Values Section of the paper speaking to the controversy of the ‘Da Vinci Code, Jesus Christ and the effects these topics have on the Christian community. As a result of Rev. Moore’s active participation in the community, the St. Paul City Council acknowledged the work of him and his wife by designating October 18th as Rev. Byron & Rev. Sharon Moore Day in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Rev. Moore is a charter member and past chaplain of the Southfield, Michigan Alumni Tau Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. Moore is married to the Rev. Sharon D. Moore who is also an ordained Itinerant Elder in the A.M.E. Church and the Executive Pastor of St. Andrew A.M.E.Church; his co-partner in the ministry, and whom he considers to be his biggest blessing and very best friend. Together, they are the blessed parents of 3 children; Candace Desiree, Chloe Dominique and Caleb Darius Moore. To God be the glory for the things He has done!