Dr. Donald D. Moore is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. On September 27, 2014, Reverend Moore was called by the congregation of the historic Mount Carmel Baptist Church to serve as its ninth Pastor. As Pastor, Dr. Moore assumed the pastoral role and responsibilities for a congregation and church with a vibrant and rich history. The ministry of Mount Carmel includes a 48-unit affordable housing apartment complex, a credit union, a six week summer STEAM program, as well as 41 ministries. For 136 years, Mount Carmel has served the people and community of West Philadelphia.
Prior to becoming the Pastor, Dr. Moore served as an Associate Minister for eight years at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church where the late Rev. Dr. Britt A. Starghill was Senior Pastor. In addition, Dr. Moore served as a Deacon and taught Men’s Bible Study. Kaighn Avenue is the oldest Black Baptist Church in the state of New Jersey, celebrating 160 years of service for God. Dr. Moore was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel on April 22, 2006 by the late Dr. Britt. A. Starghill. Pastor Moore was ordained in 2010 by the American Baptist Churches, USA of New Jersey. In 2013, Kaighn Avenue, in the spirit of Christian love, encouraged Dr. Moore to leave his home church in order to serve as the Preacher in Residence at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA; where Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell was the Senior Pastor for 47 years. Throughout his time as the Preacher in Residence, Dr. Moore developed and preached a contemporary “Hour of Power” morning worship service.
Dr. Moore’s educational experience consists of a BA in Speech Communication from Fayetteville State University; a Masters’ Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from North Carolina Central University with thesis research completed at the UNC Chapel Hill Dental School; a Master of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary; and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware. Additionally, Dr. Moore was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Morehouse College of Pastoral Leadership.
During his first year as pastor, Dr. Moore and Mount Carmel created viable partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia expanding the role the church serves for its members and the community. Additionally, Mount Carmel has cultivated an active partnership with two local schools serving grades kindergarten through eighth.
In April 2016, Dr. Moore was honored to be selected as the 149th Founders’ Day Convocation speaker for his Alma Matter, Fayetteville State University. Dr. Moore has been featured as a NuVoice in ministry at the 102nd Hampton University Minsters’ Conference. Dr. Moore has been an Op Ed contributor for The Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper.
Dr. Moore has worked for 23 years as a Clinical Speech Pathologist in Voice and Swallowing Disorders in area hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has also worked as an adjunct Graduate Professor in Adult Neurological Language, Motor Speech, Voice, and Swallowing Disorders for West Chester University, Nova South Eastern University, and Stockton University.
In 2007, Dr. Moore became the Principal Partner of Carolina Consultants, LLC, a provider of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Registered Dietetic services, and Speech Language Pathology services. Dr. Moore currently serves as Chaplain for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Philadelphia/Pittsburg region and currently sits on the Philadelphia Tribune Charities Board. In addition, Dr. Moore serves on the steering committee of First Star Academy. First Star Academy provides educational support and partnerships for foster children residing in Southern New Jersey. Dr. Moore has also served on the City Council’s Economic Development Committee for the Borough of Clayton, NJ. Dr. Moore currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology at LaSalle University.
Dr. Moore is a proud Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is the proud parent of two adult sons.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…” LUKE 4:18