Rev. Carl A. Moore, Sr., pastor of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Woodstock, will retire May 2017 after 24 years of service to his church and the Woodstock community. He became pastor of Allen Temple in May 1993 after serving as pastor of Summer Hill AME Church in Rome for three and a half years.
When he arrived at the Woodstock church, there were approximately 97 members. Through his strategic planning and Christian ministry leadership, he grew the congregation to more than 1,000 members, built a new structure that sits on 32-plus acres, and oversees more than 40 ministries at the church, which includes a preschool, Allen Temple Christian Academy. Rev. Moore started the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast, an annual event that has grown from a few dozen to more than 600 participants annually.
Rev. Moore and wife Gloria have been married 50 years and have three children and nine grandchildren.