About Our Pastor
Reverend James Moore Sr.
Second Mount Zion's purposeful and devoted pastor, Reverend James Moore, Sr. has been faithfully serving the Lord Jesus Christ, the congregation, and the community for more than twenty-nine years of productive leadership. With his life deeply rooted in the word of God, Pastor Moore is a gifted, dynamic preacher and an insightful, inspiring teacher and pastor. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5) is a key verse for him. It is his deep desire and prayer for his life and for the life of the church.
Called to Second Mount Zion in 1986, Pastor Moore has demonstrated a constant, steady love for the congregation and the community, no matter what the need. He is a man of his word who is community-minded and committed to his flock. He knows all of his members personally. Because he leans on the Lord for direction and strength, he is a focused and resilient leader for the people of God. As a faithful steward of the grace of God and the word of God, he has taught the church to be mission driven in obedience to the Great Commission. He insists that the call to spread the gospel is a foundational principal. Pastor Moore exhorts all members of Second Mount Zion to share the gospel joyfully with the unsaved people in their everyday lives.
By the grace and power of God, Reverend Moore's relationship with the evangelism model has caused significant growth at Second Mount Zion in the past years. In his efforts to fulfill God's purpose for his life through ministry, along with a dedicated team of deacons, trustees, and ministry leaders, Pastor Moore is leading the church in a direction that moves members from membership to discipleship. Through Christian education and training, Second Mount Zion is making meaningful moves.
Reverend Moore is leading the church to restructure for a more effective ministry. He has developed a fourpoint vision that enables the church to fulfill the mission. The vision focuses on evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and worship. Each of the congregation's 28 ministries has a mission statement that is aligned with the vision and keeps them Christ-centered. A key component of Pastor Moore's vision for the church’s growth is membership interaction and fellowship, which he strives to develop at every level.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5)
In addition, to his pastoral service, Reverend Moore is deeply devoted to his pulpit ministry. He is a powerful and profoundly biblical preacher. His preaching has been widely affirmed by other leaders in the National Baptist Convention and, as a result, he has been invited to preach in cities throughout the United States and on the continent of Africa. For example, he has preached in Johannesburg, South Africa and in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Pastor Moore serves the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. as treasurer.
Pastor Moore is a former president of both the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He was appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve as a board member of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority and is a member of the Pennsylvania Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; and a board member of the African American Interdenominational Ministries, Inc.
The fifth of nine children and a father of three, Pastor Moore is a native of Sylvania, Georgia. In the 1970's, he moved to Philadelphia, where he graduated from Manna Bible Institute. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Ministry Management from Geneva College Center for Urban and Theological Studies. He also attended Reformed Episcopal Seminary.
Former President of The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. Pastor Moore has been actively involved as a board member of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority,Former President of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He is currently serving God in other areas such actively serving as a member of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention, Treasurer of the Foreign Mission Board and also as a Board Member of the African American Interdenominational Ministries, Inc.
Pastor Moore welcomes you to experience how we worship at Second Mount Zion Baptist Church.