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The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on N.C. 9 in Black Mountain has called a new minister, the Rev. Bill Moore and his wife Amy.

Rev. Moore began ministry at First Christian on April 1. He grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formally Zaire), Africa, as the son of American Baptist missionaries. He returned to the U.S. for college, graduating from California State University at Chico.

After serving as a short-term missionary in the Congo for two years, he returned to the U.S. and went to Americus, Georgia, to work with Habitat for Humanity at its international headquarters where he met and married Amy Grubbs, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries in South Korea.

Bill and Amy continued their journey together when they were asked to serve as short-term missionaries in Haiti with the American Baptist Churches, working with the Haitian Baptist Convention for two and a half years.

Upon returning to the States in 1990, the Moores settled in Lynchburg, Virginia, where their two daughters, Rachel and Naomi, were born. They began attending the First Christian Church, Lynchburg, and became members in 1994.

In 2001, Moore entered Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. After receiving his Masters of Divinity, he was ordained to Christian ministry on June 13, 2004, at First Christian Church, Lynchburg.

Moore served as pastor of Bedford Christian Church, Bedford, Virginia, from July 2004 through March 2017. During that time, he served on the boards of several nonprofit boards, including six years on the board of Christmount Camp & Conference Center in Black Mountain. He has now re-joined the Christmount

administrative board.

Moore continues to serve on the board of Society of St. Andrew, a national faith-based hunger organization that practices the biblical idea of “gleaning,” making excess food available to hungry people.

Moore follows the Rev. Joe Friddle who retired from ministry in 2016.

Moore will be installed as minister of First Christian of Black Mountain on Sunday, May 28 during the 10:45 a.m. service. Many honored guests will be in attendance, and Black Mountain residents are welcome to attend.

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