The Reverend Dr. Susan Newman Moore has had a 40 year career as pastor, community advocate, teacher, chaplain, and author. Licensed in the Baptist Church in 1976, Dr. Newman Moore was ordained at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in 1983, where she served as assistant minister. A native Washingtonian, Dr. Moore is in her fifth year of service as the Associate Minister at the All Souls Church, Washington, DC. That said, she is a member in full fellowship of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ. Her ministry has focused upon the challenges facing urban America. She has served as the Director of Public Policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Senior Advisor for Religious Affairs to the District’s Mayor Anthony Williams. Hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of the Top Black Women Preachers in America, she the Atlanta Journal and Constitution has called her “down-to-earth,” “powerful,” “life-changing,” and “a reality check for the church.”
An HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention educator and trainer, Dr. Moore has worked with several community and faith-based groups, including the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Planned Parenthood, and AIDS Action Foundation. She has served in various advisory roles in the DC LGBT community, consulting with Us Helping Us-People Into Living and the Human Rights Campaign. She actively advocates a national coordinated AIDS strategy to reduce racial disparities, lower the incidence of infection, increase access to care, and involve all stakeholders. In Atlanta, Dr. Moore was senior pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC; she chaired the mayor’s Commission on Community Relations and the governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Welfare Reform. She also served as the Executive Director of Georgians for Children, a child advocacy organization that monitors and recommends changes in state policies. She is an inductee into the Board of Preachers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College, which honors clergy for their lifetime work in social justice.
Dr. Moore has been the resident chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center; adjunct professor at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; religious coordinator for the Children’s Defense Fund; and the Chaplain and Director of Community service at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She has served on the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference and the UCC’s Ministers for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice.
Her several publications include With Heart and Hand: the Black Church Working to Save Black Children; Oh God! A Black Woman’s Guide to Sex and Spirituality; and Your Inner Eve: Discovering God’s Woman Within. Dr. Moore received a BA in journalism from George Washington University, a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.
She is married to Mr. Obra J. Moore, III, her husband, and dance partner for life.