Officer Biography

Reverend Lillian Gail Moore

Pastor


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Rev. Lillian Gail Moore was born in High Point, Mississippi, to the marital union of Helen Clark and Handsol Thompson. Shortly after Rev. Moore’s birth, she and her mother  relocated to Trenton, New Jersey. Later, Rev. Moore returned south to live with her grandparents until school age. At this time, Rev. Moore returned to live with her mother and a God sent new dad, John Harris, Senior. The Lord blessed Rev. Moore to have five other sisters and brothers from the latter union between Helen and John.

 She was educated in the Trenton Public School System.  In completing her formative education, she went on to further her education at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. There, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science.

In years to come, and with two young children, Rev. Moore felt lead to return to school as a part time student.  Rev. Moore eventually completed more than one year of a three year Master’s Program at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, in New Brunswick, NJ. She has a hope to one day return to school.

Rev. Moore, more affectionately known as Gail, has completed nearly every goal she has set for herself in life. She has been a Mental Health Worker, a Case Worker, and a Social Worker. She retired from the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services in the Division of HIV/AIDS Services, as a Public Health Epidemiologist.

Rev. Moore was an Associate Minister at Shiloh Baptist church in Trenton, NJ, for slightly over 12 years.  Her history in that time consisted of  serving  under the late Rev. S. Howard Woodson, Jr., and her present pastor, Rev. Darrell La Rue Armstrong. While at Shiloh, she served as the Christian Education Director for five of those years. Her other activities included being a Sunday school teacher, the Women’s Bible Study founder and teacher. She occasionally worked with the youth and Shiloh’s Youth Church. She sang in two choirs, the Voices for Christ, and the Women’s Choir. Rev. Moore was a long time member of Shiloh’s Anna Louise White Missionary Ministry as well. She continued to go forth and jointly worked with the now Rev. LeQuita Porter, who served as  her administrative arm in bringing about Shiloh’s fist women retreats. She has worked with the General Baptist State Convention of New Jersey, and the Middlesex Baptist Association. She has also been a participant of the American Baptist Churches of NJ.  Rev. Moore has taught and preached in both the Association and the Convention at various times.

Through the years Rev. Moore has been a radio personality and co-hosted  two earlier ministries on the radio. One being, Caring and Sharing Ministries and the other being, The Love of Christ Ministries.  For many years, Rev. Moore also volunteered monthly at a nursing home, doing ministry.

In 2005 Rev. Michael B. Gerald, pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church at the time invited Rev. Moore to come over and become the Assistant Pastor of the church. She accepted the call and she was voted in as the official Assistant Pastor of Macedonia just a few months later. From the beginning, she was appointed over the area of Christian Education as its Director and the first thing she did was revive the Sunday school program. Her second appointment was to be an advisor to the women of the church. Rev. Moore worked closely with the Light of Life Ministries (a woman's ministry).  Earlier in the year of 2007, Rev. Gerald accepted a new pastoral office and recommend for Rev. Moore to become the new pastor of Macedonia. Almost immediately, Rev. Moore took on the leadership of the church while a search committee was formed. On October 14, 2007, God moved in Rev. Moore’s life once again. Macedonia Baptist Church members unanimously voted her in as the new pastor. At that moment two things were recorded in history at the church. Rev. Moore became their first female pastor and it was the first time any pastor had been elected by a unanimous decision.  As the Pastor of Macedonia, there is now a Youth Church, and a 23 passenger bus was purchased.  Macedonia has also become responsible for the up keep of a well known historical church founded by free slaves, formally known as Mount Gilead, A.M.E .  It has been well documented that Mount Gilead was a valued part of the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania.  They still have services there several times a year, keeping it in ministry as a community church.  Rev. Moore Co-Pastors there with Rev. David Jackson.

Rev. Moore would also like everyone to know she’s been blessed with two daughters, Helisha and Baptista and four grandchildren Jade, Josiah, Peyton and Nicosie.

Rev. Moore has been and still is grateful for everything God has done for her in her life. In her travels in the Lord, she has learned how important it is to help people see God for who He really is and what He has stored up for us, as His children. It is her desire to help everyone see God the Father, receive His son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and experience the power of His Holy Spirit for themselves. When this happens change takes place. She really believes that changed hearts brings about changed behavior, which positively influences our families, communities and world!


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