OCMC Mission Specialist: Ron Moore Info and Biography
Ron's specialized areas in mission find him relating with youth (Ron has served as a youth director at 6 different churches including Orthodox and Protestant), children, and adults, with talks on practical issues, and biblical lessons based on Orthodox teaching, and the Early Church Fathers. Musically, Ron is a professional performer with acoustic guitar, vocals and comedy. These come in handy when relating with non believers, and around meeting rooms and campfires at youth camps. Ron has taken seminary courses on Eastern Churches, Early Church Fathers, and Church History with an Orthodox priest professor. He is also a professional photographer and sound engineer which come in handy when bringing back the sights and sounds of mission trips.
Ron has led three OCMC trips to Romania, one to South Korea, one with OCF to Project Mexico, with OCMC to Muldova added to the list in July of 2013.
Ron Moore grew up as a missionary kid in Seoul, Korea. His grandfather and grandmother were medical missionaries in Manchuria, China, then Korea. From an early age following the Korean War, Ron was forever impressed by tragedy and poverty as Korea struggled to rebuild after a devastating civil war that lingers to this day. His parents provided relief supplies after the war, then transitioned into James Moore's audio visual ministry taking films of the life of Christ into the countryside, and Margaret Moore working with juvenile delinquent programs, and directing religious drama all over Korea and Asia.
Ron began performing contemporary music professionally at the age of 16, went on to graduate from high school in Korea, and left for the USA for college. Through this time he was aware of a distinct need for something beyond the typical materialism, and techno-zoo of western culture. Finding kindred spirits of his own generation, Ron became involved deeper with music, writing and recording albums and performing across the United States and Canada. His music always included a mix of spiritual themes as well as love songs, songs about nature, helping the poor, and life in general. As a writer for Harmony Magazine, Ron is credited for naming the genre "Contemporary Christian Music" in his record reviews for the magazine. Meanwhile, he was doing his best to stay on the fringes of that growing Christian music business, feeling more comfortable in a coffee house or college setting.
Through the years, Ron has been asked to bring his music and communication skills on different outreach trips to Central and South America, Asia, Europe, and Eastern Europe. Shortly after two trips to Romania, Ron and his wife were drawn to and joined the Eastern Orthodox Church. Since this development in 1995, Ron went on the first OCMC mission with the Korean Orthodox Church, then led 3 missions with youth camps in Romania, one again in Korea, and is now raising funds for a mission with the Muldovan Orthodox Church youth camp in July of 2013.
"I was drawn to the worship of the Early Church continued today in the Orthodox Church." says Ron. "There is a reverence and depth here, as well as in the rich and practical teachings of the scriptures with the wonderful explanations and footnotes of the Early Church Fathers. Coming from a Methodist background, Ron's family was somewhat surprised by his change, but respectful of liturgical worship, a rule of prayer, fasting, and a deep appreciation for the Early Church Fathers due to the practice of the founder of the Methodist movement, Anglican priest John Wesley. Ron's outreach work with Campus Crusade, Youth For Christ, and relief organizations Compassion International and World Vision, have influenced his continued interest in outreach and relief work efforts for the poor and disenfranchised.
"I appreciate the timeless acapella worship of the Early Church still practiced in Orthodoxy. Although I write and play contemporary music with guitar, I have left that behind on Sunday mornings. It is however quite handy and powerful when going on a college campus, or being with youth around a campfire." Ron reports.
Ron has five children, and lives in the mountains of North Carolina. He and his wife Kat became Orthodox in 1995. When not on a mission trip, Ron performs music, and works part time at a retreat center.
Ron Moore brings an unusual sensitivity of Orthodox Christian perspective in life, along with a personal and observant point of view of contemporary culture. These can open valuable life changing opportunities through his partnering and promoting local priests, parishes, camps,with their services and sacraments in every nation and tongue.
For Ron, mission work is in his blood, and there is much work to do. Thank you for your prayers and support for this effort.