Reverend Robert Taylor Moore, Jr. was born on August 5, 1957, a native of Philadelphia, PA. The oldest of eight siblings, he was born to the late Robert T. Moore, Sr. and Jacqueline Moore. He was raised by his grandparents. Inspired, encouraged and always acknowledged by three strong women. Two grandmothers, Mother Rebecca Moore, Deaconess Vitaline Studivant and one aunt, Trustee Lillian Worthy, all were faithful in service to the ages of Ninety-seven, Ninety-eight and Ninety-nine.
Educated in the Philadelphia Public School District, he graduated and obtained his diploma from Germantown High School. He attended Cheyney University’s Early Childhood Education Teaching Program. The Philadelphia School for Technological Engineers for air-conditioning & heating and licensed. He attended New Life Bible Institute for Missionary Training four -year program, where he finished in three years, graduated on June 6, 2006 and became a Licensed & Ordained Minister for the Preaching of God’s Word.
Reverend Moore was an Engineer for the School District of Philadelphia, where he retired after 30 plus years of employment on June 30, 2015.
Reverend Moore has been a member of the New Salem Baptist Church since his birth. Ordained as a Deacon in 1999, he was always a faithful member, under the leadership of the Late Pastor, Reverend James McDowell for over 25 years. He loved to sing. He was a member of the McDowell Inspirational Choir, Total Praise Choir and the John Whitaker Mass Choir. He has led and guided the congregation during the illness of Pastor McDowell. He has helped in the selection of the late Pastor John Whitaker, where the two worked well together and became good friends. On March 21, 2009, Reverend Moore was selected and ordained as Pastor of New Salem Baptist Church. He humbly and proudly accepted.
Reverend Moore met his future bride and best friend, Tonia E. Gardner at Cooke Jr. High School, where he worked at the time, as a cleaning leader and she was a food service worker. They grew in love, and the two were married on May 6, 1989, by the late Pastor Reverend James McDowell. The couple was devoted to each other.
When he was selected to be the Pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, Tonia committed herself to his calling, left her church home, Thankful Baptist Church and served by his side in ministry for the past 11 years as Pastor and First Lady of the New Salem Baptist Church.
Under his leadership as the Pastor, alongside his loving wife and First Lady Tonia, various renovations have taken place to help enhance the appearance and accessibility of the church. Reverend Moore had a vision to grow the ministry of the New Salem Baptist Church. He saw a work of God moving in his members. As God led him, he licensed 6 new sons and daughters of New Salem.
Reverend Moore was proud to be the Pastor of the New Salem Baptist Church and felt honored and privileged to be by his members' sides as they married, dedicated children, baptisms, celebrated birthdays and fellowshipped at the various retreats and church functions. He was a firm believer of educating his members about the word of God. He instructed and taught the Man to Man bible study on Saturday mornings under the Pastoral mentorship of the late Reverend Ivan B. Hewitt at the Thankful Baptist Church, where he also taught bible study on Wednesday nights, something he took very seriously.
Reverend Moore enjoyed being a mouthpiece for the Lord and witnessing of the saints that were assembled, growing, learning and praising the greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ. His lifetime bible verses were John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me, ye can do nothing" and Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
Reverend Moore leaves to cherish his memory: His loving wife, Tonia; his daughter, Felicia M. Gardner; his beloved granddaughter, his Tel-Tel, Taylor Nicole Gardner; his siblings: Clarence Moore; Emmanuel "Gunner" Moore (Dorothy); Carmella Childs (Elvin); Andrea Stevenson (Darnell); Rodney Moore; Lola Moore and Lisa Moore; mother-in-law, Constance Gardner; brother-in-law Stephen Gardner and a host of nieces and nephews, godchildren and his New Salem Baptist Church Family.
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