In November of 2013, Rev. Moore was called as the sixth pastor of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Rev. Moore was called to the church at the age of 26, making him the youngest pastor in the Church’s history. In his short time as pastor, the Church has begun to experience quantitative and qualitative growth. As Pastor, he has committed to leading the church in a direction that manifests a deep and enduring love for God, self and neighbor.
Rev. Michael L. W. Moore, the son of Darlene Moore and Michael Woodbury, was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA. While only 17 years of age, he accepted his call to the gospel ministry and was licensed to preach on June 6, 2004 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, PA. Under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. J. V. A. Winsett, Rev. Moore served in various areas of ministry at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. After being educated in the Pittsburgh Public School System and graduating from Schenley High School, Rev. Moore attended the historic Virginia Union University. While at Virginia Union University, was earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy as well as the Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. His time at Virginia Union afforded him opportunities to sharpen his leadership skills and partnerships with the community. While at VUU, Rev. Moore was able to serve as Mr. Virginia Union University and in 2010, the University honored him as the Young Alumnus of the Year. Prior to Rev. Moore arriving at Mt. Vernon, he was blessed to serve in various ministerial capacities. One of his most beneficial experiences was serving as the Youth Minister at the St. Mark Baptist Church under the leadership of both the Rev. Dr. Marshall Burgess and the Rev. Gregory Washington.
Rev. Moore has also been able to work with organizations such as The Baptist General Convention of Virginia, The Pennsylvania State Baptist Convention, The German National Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention, and The Jamaica A.M.E Annual Conference. His partnerships and work have allowed him to minister both nationally and internationally. Overall, Rev. Moore is a person with drive and passion, who firmly believes that “Life isn’t worth living, unless you have something that you are willing to die for.”