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Kelly Moore, Chaplain/COL(RET) US Army – Chaplain
Kelly Moore’s ministry path has come full circle. It has been four decades since Kelly enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Sangre de Cristo Seminary and his Rocky Mountain experience is being revisited in his current ministry. While Kelly truly found solace in this unique mountain seminary, he and his wife are now providing solace to a variety of Christian ministers and missionaries from around the world in their Rocky Mountain retreat at the base of Mount Herman, near Monument, Colorado.
Kelly remembers entering seminary from the rather frenetic pace of college life. Attending seminary in the mountains taught him to slow down and study the spiritual depth that the scriptures have to offer. Studying God’s Word in the quiet of the mountains was beneficial for him on a personal level. The Lord has obviously called him back to the quiet of the mountains.
Kelly did serve as an Army Chaplain for almost 30 years. He expressed gratitude for the sensitivity that Sangre de Cristo instilled in him as he prepared to minister to an array of soldiers from various Protestant backgrounds.
Upon initial inspection of Kelly’s illustrious ministry career, a focus could have been given to his Army Chaplaincy, pastoral, and missions resume. However, this humble man and Judy, his wife of over 30 years, have now devoted themselves to the provision of hospitality and spiritual care to families in need of respite from their labors on behalf of Christ.
The Moore’s are currently pouring themselves into their “care and hospitality” ministry located in the Rocky Mountains, just north of Colorado Springs. They host the Shepherd’s Loft Oasis on behalf of Life Impact, whose mission is to impact all nations for Christ by strengthening the vitality of ministry leaders through hosted places of skilled personal care. A female missionary, who stayed with them recently, remarked “after my time here, I realized that I was normal.” Impacts like this have proven to be rewarding.
After receiving his degree from the seminary, which provided Kelly with a solid foundation for ministry, he went on to prepare for ordination through the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. He became ordained by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, where he continues to worship and serve.
The Moore’s have four adult children and twelve grandchildren. They enjoy time with their extended family, their dogs, and the time they can spend with each other on the mountain trails of Colorado.
Kelly Moore graduated from Sangre de Cristo Seminary in 1984 with a Master of Divinity degree.