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Noted Anglican Leader Passes from the Scene

Noted Anglican Leader Passes from the Scene

Submitted by David W. Virtue, DD
June 2, 2020

Trinity School for Ministry is saddened to announce the passing of the Very Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore. Peter died Saturday night at the Roper Hospice Cottage in Mt. Pleasant, SC, after a battle with cancer.

Peter served as Dean and President at Trinity School for Ministry from 1996-2004. He supported Trinity since its inception in 1976, when he was the first Board Chair.

We pray for his wife Sandra, and their children, Jen, Kate, and David as they grieve in the days to come.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of a man whose love for you never wavered and whose willingness to see the potential of everyone he met was infinite. Comfort Sandra, Jen, Kate and David. In Christ alone, Amen.


The following is a message from the Rev. Al Zadig, Rector of St. Michael's Church Charleston, where Peter served as Scholar-in-Residence.

Saying Goodbye to a Hero

Just minutes after our Annual Meeting/Festival of Faith on Zoom today, I received word that our Scholar in Residence and dear friend the Rev. Dr. Peter Moore had died. My brothers and sisters in Christ, we lost a hero of faith this weekend. A hero of the faith who always stood for the bedrock truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the foundation of Scripture against all odds, powers and principalities.

In addition to writing books, pastoring, and leading, Peter poured his life into the ancient art of mentoring the generations. Whether students at FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), Trinity School for Ministry, St. Michael's Church, or the Bishops and clergy of the Anglican Leadership Institute, he loved coming alongside to make disciples!

I therefore marvel at the fact that Peter died on the eve of Pentecost. Why? He simply lived and breathed through the power of the Holy Spirit. I know we all have our Peter Stories, but I especially remember that when he first came to St. Michael's he would walk around with the pictorial directory of the parish just so he could memorize all your names and pictures! He had that kind of love for you!

While Peter's obituary is being prepared as I write this, I just wanted you to know now so you can be praying for Peter's wife Sandra as well. Funeral plans are being arranged and the service will take place at St. Michael's Church at a date and time to be announced. Peter died on the Eve of Pentecost, May 30, following a battle with cancer.


Peter was a huge supporter of Virtueonline. He encouraged, exhorted and pushed me to keep telling the Anglican story, exposing the Episcopal Church's heresies. He wrote a wonderful review of my book "The Seduction of the Episcopal Church" which you can read here: A BOOK YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ: https://virtueonline.org/book-you-may-not-want-read

His favorite books were The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis; The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis. His most interesting assignment was as Director of the Anglican leadership Institute where he helped mentor a new generation of young Anglicans, many from Africa and Asia. I served on the board.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.



June 4, 2020

Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore MT. PLEASANT - The Rev. Dr. Peter C. Moore, 83, peacefully entered into eternal life May 30 in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Born in Scarsdale, NY. Peter was an innovative leader, mentor, preacher and author for more than 50 years.

He currently served as the director of the Anglican Leadership Institute since 2016, training leaders in the world-wide Anglican Church in servant leadership, all the while serving as a scholar in residence at St. Michael's Church, in Charleston, SC. Peter served as director of the Council for Religion in Independent Schools in New York City and, at that time, started FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) in 1962. FOCUS seeks to bring Christ to students attending independent Secondary Schools along America's East Coast. He then served as the fourth dean/president of Trinity School for Ministry and as its first president of the board of trustees, before moving to Charleston, SC.

Decade after decade, Peter was an unswerving, tireless agent of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a man who served under the Bible and not above it, fighting to keep the church he knew and loved in a place of obedience to Scripture. Peter also had an unrelenting passion to reach the next generation for Jesus Christ, as evidenced by the men and women who came to know Christ through Peter's work from pulpit to public debate, classroom to tennis court, ski retreats to one-on-one lunches, truly anywhere he went. He leaves a global legacy that is sorely missed. It was not by coincidence that Peter died on the eve of Pentecost: Peter lived and breathed through the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter held degrees from Yale University, Oxford University, Episcopal Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned his doctorate. He served in parish ministry at All Souls Episcopal Church, East McKeesport, PA.

Peter later served as rector of Little Trinity Anglican Church, a historic parish in downtown Toronto. Peter was also a gifted academic and the author of several books, including: A Church to Believe In; Disarming the Secular Gods; One Lord One Faith: Getting Back to the Basics of your Faith in an Age of Confusion; Can a Bishop be Wrong? Ten Scholars Challenge John Shelby Spong; and From Dry Bones: Reflections on an Unpredictable Life. Peter wrote for the Carolina Compass a prolific and impactful column called "Moore to Ponder."

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; three children: Jennifer Moore; the Rev. Kate Norris (the Rev. Sean Norris); and David Moore (Alexandra Moore MSN CRNP) and two grandchildren, Rhyan Norris and Skylar Norris. Instead of flowers, the family requests that a donation be given to FOCUS; P.O. Box 1027; 140 Elm Street; New Canaan, CT 06840 or to Trinity School for Ministry, 311 Eleventh St.; Ambridge, PA 15003. The memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/Charleston

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