Robert Gregg Moore Sr.
April 12, 1937 – February 21, 2021
Romans 1:16 — For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Bob lived this verse, sharing the good news of the gospel with everyone, through word and deed. Many times when out for lunch, Bob would witness to the waitress by bringing Jesus into the conversation.
Bob ministered to those in need, sharing his testimony, praying for people, and including them in his network of friends. When the Lord put someone on Bob’s heart, he would pray faithfully for them sometimes for years.
Bob’s networking included introducing people to World Missionary Press, bringing them by for a tour, or to sit in on a chapel time, or inviting them to our annual anniversary celebration.
Bob was generous, always the first to offer to pick up the tab at a restaurant, and to get involved in projects that needed to be done.
Most important to me, Bob was a strong believer in the power of God’s Word, to reach people for Jesus and transform their lives. That was the reason he was involved with World Missionary Press for so many years – as a Board member for 40+ years, Chairman of the Board for 11 years, and on the Finance and Audit Review Committee for many years. Bob helped in all of WMP’s leadership transitions, from the founders Watson and Rose Goodman, to the next president Edwin Messerschmidt, to being on the presidential search committee when Jay Benson was chosen president, and again 25 years later when I became president, following Vicky Benson’s service as acting president on Jay’s passing. During his decades of service on our Board, Bob had a major impact in shaping World Missionary Press into the ministry we are today.
It was a joy to be with Bob in Board and Committee meetings. He had such a good sense of humor, and a quick wit. Often, when discussions got lively, Bob would interject a humorous comment that would get everyone laughing. He also brought his savvy business knowledge to our discussions, lending valuable experiential perspective to the decisions being made. One thing that so impressed me about Bob, is even when a decision didn’t go his way, once it was made, he got behind it and supported the Board – he valued unity, and lived it out as an example to me and others.
In 1988 Bob wrote, “I believe in World Missionary Press because I believe it is the most efficient way to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. The printed Word eliminates the possibility of honoring or building a monument to men. It is the purest form of the Word Incarnate—Christ Himself. Habakkuk 2:14 says it best: ‘For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.’ I am happy to be a small part of the fulfillment of that verse.”
Bob was passionate about getting Scripture materials into the hands of as many people as possible, all over the world. I remember shortly after becoming president, walking our newly acquired property with Bob and talking about its significance in terms of “how many more Scripture booklets might we be able to produce and ship”? Whenever we purchased a new piece of equipment, the question on Bob’s mind was how will this help us produce more Scripture booklets? I’m estimating during Bob’s tenure on our Board, World Missionary Press produced close to 2 Billion Scripture booklets, Bible studies, salvation coloring books, and New Testaments. Imagine the souls impacted for eternity! Millions? Tens of millions? How many of them are even now thanking Bob for the part he played, in introducing them to Jesus?
Bob will be greatly missed by all of us at World Missionary Press. He is already greatly missed. We look forward to seeing Bob again one fine day, together in the presence of the Lord.
Harold Mack, President
World Missionary Press