June 21, 2010
Dr. Winfred Moore and his wife, Elizabeth, were recognized by Baylor University in April as members of the Medallion Fellowship with the James Huckins Medallion for their incredible acts of philanthropy and service to Baylor.
Moore has served Baylor both as a trustee/regent and as a professor. He served three terms on the Baylor Board of Trustees and later as regent from 1981 to 1990, chairing the board from 1986 to 1990. He now holds the position of Regent Emeritus of Baylor University - one of only nine individuals ever to receive that title.
Following his retirement from First Baptist Church of Amarillo after 30 years as pastor, Moore joined the Baylor faculty and served as The W. Winfred and Elizabeth Moore Visiting Distinguished Professor in Ministry Guidance from 1990-2005. He is now professor emeritus of religion at Baylor.
Carrying a burning vision for the development of equipped Christian leaders, Moore's influence was key in the creation of the Center for Ministry Effectiveness, now the Center for Ministry Effectiveness & Educational Leadership at Baylor. The Board of Regents appointed Moore as the Center's first director in 1997, a position he held until 2006.
Amazingly, both Dr. and Mrs. Moore are Baylor Alumni By Choice. Dr. Moore received his education at Lambuth College and Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. He holds an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Wayland Baptist University and the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Baylor.
During his three decades at First Baptist Amarillo, Moore distinguished himself not only as a pastor but also as a denominational leader, holding such positions as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Over the years, Dr. and Mrs. Moore have given generously of their own resources to benefit the Center for Ministry Effectiveness & Educational Leadership and the future leaders it was created to support. Many other areas across the university were also strengthened because of their philanthropy, including Baylor/Waco Foundation, School of Social Work, the track and field program and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. In 2003, they established the W. Winfred and Elizabeth C. Moore Endowed Scholarship Fund, forever benefiting Baylor students who are planning careers in Christian public service.
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