Scholarship to Honor Former First Lady Doris Moore
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Southwestern Christian University family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to former President Ronald Moore, the family and friends, in the passing of a beloved former First Lady of SCU, Reverend Doris Moore.
As President and dear friend of the Moore family, I want to express my love and respect for such a beautiful woman of God. Doris was a remarkable leader, role model, and true servant leader. Her energy and vision for women in ministry was profound. Doris was a dear friend to Teresa and me and my family. She was one of the most gracious and inspirational individuals I have ever met. Her ideas about the home, and family life, and the responsibilities of women in becoming the Godly leaders in the home was a “Big Picture” vision that will continue to ring loud in the coming years.
We were all touched by Doris in different ways. Southwestern Christian University was affected deeply by President and Mrs. Moore when they served SCU. We were enriched by her love and ministry to our students in the 1990’s. She leaves a significant legacy.
It is my honor to announce that Southwestern Christian University will establish a Doris Moore Women in Ministry Scholarship to perpetuate her vision, and assist students financially that desire to carry the message of “the Cross to the nations of the world.” We send our love and deepest appreciation to the Moore family for sharing Doris with SCU. Please keep Dr. Moore, sons Tim, David, and Philip, along with the daughters-in-law, and grandchildren of Doris, in your thoughts and prayers. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit rest on this beautiful family.
Life and Ministry
Doris Lorene Jones was born in Laurel Hill, North Carolina, on February 13, 1939. She was one of three children born to William Thomas and Odessa Ray Jones. Her siblings included William Gene Jones (Ada), who retired from the United States Air Force, and Glenda Sue Jones Taylor (Earnest), who was a licensed practical nurse.
Doris graduated from Laurel Hill High School in 1956. She continued her formal education by enrolling at Holmes College of the Bible in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1957. She completed one-and-a-half years of study there and the equivalent of one year at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Later, after having moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and working on the campus of Southwestern College of Christian Ministries, Doris graduated from the school with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The one-and-a-half years at Holmes proved to be more than biblical training for Doris. That is where she met Ronald Quentin Moore, a fellow student from Langley, South Carolina. At their first introduction, Doris was engaged to be married to another student, and Ron had eyes for another classmate. When Doris’s engagement dissolved, Ron realized he had been smiling across the classroom at the wrong girl and asked Doris for a date. He and Doris soon agreed they were meant to be lifetime and ministry partners. They were married on July 5, 1959, in Doris’s home church, East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness.
Immediately following Ron’s ordination into the ministry in 1961, Ron and Doris received their first pastoral assignment by the Upper South Carolina Conference. That pastorate was at a new church plant in Belvedere, South Carolina, where they ministered for three years. Other congregations they led in the conference included Easley (five years), Taylor Memorial in Anderson (five years), and Calhoun Falls. Under their leadership at Taylor Memorial, the church became the first Pentecostal Holiness congregation to average 500 in Sunday school for a calendar year.
Wherever they were appointed, Doris was always involved in Women’s Ministries.
When Ron agreed to move to Oklahoma City to become the administrative assistant to the General Director of World Missions for the denomination, Doris soon found herself volunteering her services at the headquarters of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC). She was instrumental in organizing and opening the denomination’s Archives and Research Center. And when the Woman’s Auxiliary President, Agnes Robinson, needed assistance, Doris volunteered, without salary, to serve as her secretary. Later, when the budget included the necessary funding for Mrs. Robinson to acquire an assistant, she hired Doris Moore (with pay). During that time, Doris also served as secretary on the Woman’s Ministries Executive Board.
Doris was elected as the president of the General Woman’s Auxiliary in 1989. She served in that role for two terms (eight years). During her tenure, she was also a member of the
denomination’s General Board of Administration.
In 1998, the Moores returned to their home conference, Upper South Carolina, where Ron continued in leadership positions until his retirement in 2010. Doris was always at his side, supporting and encouraging him.
Ron and Doris Moore reared three handsome sons: David Quentin (Carol), Timothy Ray (Pam), and Phillip Edward (Ellen). They were blessed with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. These, and countless other family members and friends, grieve Doris’s passing.
Services for Mrs. Moore will be held in Anderson, SC, at McDougald Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, June 3, from 5:30-7:30. The funeral service will be Friday, June 4, at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.