Bishop Clarence E. Moore has been pastor of the Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church in Bluefield, West Virginia since 1953. During that time, he has traveled throughout the United States and to numerous other nations, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to large and small congregations alike.
He is one of the more sought-after speakers in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P. A. of W.), the international church organization with which he is affiliated. Bishop Moore serves as a member of the prestigious Executive Committee of the P.A. of W.’s International Board of Bishops, and is a past Chairman of the organization’s International Foreign Missions Board.
Born in Gary (WV) to the late District Elder C.U. and Evangelist Daisy Moore, Bishop Moore attended Bluefield State College and briefly studied at West Virginia State College after high school. He was an employee of the U.S. Steel Company for more than 21 years before moving his family to Bluefield in 1970, to devote his full time and attention to the pastorate at Greater Mt. Zion.
Over the years, Bishop Moore has pastored congregations in Johnson City (TN) and Charleston (WV), concurrent to his duties in Bluefield. And despite opportunities to leave and pastor congregations in large metropolitan areas, Bishop Moore has maintained an unwavering devotion to the saints at Greater Mt. Zion.
He is a longtime member and was District Elder in the West Virginia and East Tennessee Council, the Episcopal district in which the Bluefield church maintains membership.
During most of the 1990s, Bishop Moore served the P. A. of W. as the Chairman of its International Foreign Missions Board. During his tenure, he led missions in Africa, Germany, India, Mexico, the West Indies, England and several other nations, ministering and spreading the Pentecostal message. In the 1970s he served as the organization’s Assistant General Treasurer.
In the 1994 Kansas City convention, Moore was installed as Bishop, and was charged with oversight of the Virginia State Council. He has served in that capacity since then, mentoring and shepherding the 52 member churches in Virginia with a heartfelt commitment to amplifying the work of the Lord.
Over the years, Bishop Moore has addressed the national conventions of the P.A. of W., the Bibleway Church Worldwide, and the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity by the Berean Bible College in Akron (OH).
Bishop Moore is the husband of Sister Dora B. Moore, a saint and diligent promoter of the work of the Lord. She too has manifested great endurance as her husband gave of himself to the promotion of the Christian cause. They are the parents of six children (one of which went to be with the Lord in 1980), and have six grandchildren.