Al Vernon Moody was born on July 7, 1943 in Greensville County Virginia to James and Ruth Moody. He later moved to Newport News Virginia where he met a divinely beautiful woman in a grocery store named Janie Lee Jones. They quickly fell in love and were soon married on April 24, 1965. Through that union 8 children were brought forth- Ruth (Carlton Butts), Kevin, Anthony, Jonathan, Frederick (Dorminique Moody), Nathaniel (Danyell Moody), Stephanie (Thomas Jackson) and Jessica, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He also was part of a family with 4 sisters- Elizabeth Golden of Hampton Virginia, Laraine Robinson of Gaston North Carolina, Emily Simmons of Roanoke Rapids North Carolina and Mary Moody of Jackson North Carolina.
Early in his life he started attending Mt Calvary FBHC in Newport News and soon after he gave his life to Christ. It was not long before the fire started burning in his spirit and he started preaching the gospel to whoever would listen. Soon after he was ordained as an elder under the leadership of Bishop W. J. Sellers. Elder Moody always had a passion for studying The Word of God, which pressed him to go back to school and receive his doctorate degree in theology from United Christian College in 1982. During his time of serving God saw fit to elevate, Dr. Moody became pastor of Mount Calvary Fellowship Outreach Ministries in 2016.
Dr. Moody was a man that truly loved the Lord and he was very passionate about the Word of God. If you ever met him and you gave him five minutes of your time, it was not going to be long before you were hearing the Word of God. He lived a Godly life, and he set a standard for all to follow. He strived hard to please the Lord and like someone with the mindset of Paul, who stated that “he had a charge to keep and a God to glorify.” His mission was to bring people into the Kingdom of God through preaching the gospel.
Dr. Moody was unselfish when it came to people. He would feed you if you were hungry, cloth you, pray for you, provide for you, and encourage you during your toughest times. He trusted and believed God in everything that he did and he truly was a man that walked by faith. He not only believed, he demonstrated it every day and showed us all that his faith in God was undeniable.
Al Moody was not just a devoted pastor and preacher, he was also a devoted family man. He often took time to spend cherished moments with his family, such as playing board games, fishing with his boys, or his monthly family gatherings where we sat around the dinner table reminiscing about the past and talking about the future. It was at these times that he would proudly look at his family that was before him and see how God has truly blessed him.
Our father believed in family and the importance of family sticking together and working to help each other out. In his house, slacking was not an option. He would always encourage us to work hard, to do our best, and never give up. When we gave it our best, he would always push us to do more, believe that God is on our side and that all things were possible through him.
Our father was an example for us to learn on how to deal with the challenges of life, how to serve God and how to be that example to our families when it was our turn. If he was here today and you would ask him about himself, he would simply say that he was a humble servant of God seeking to do his will. To us, he was Husband, Father, uncle, brother, friend, mentor, Pastor, teacher, provider, He was a General, a giant that will be dearly missed.
Viewing for Pastor Moody will be held from noon until 4:00p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020. at C.C.Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
Services for Pastor Moody will be held 11:00a.m. Monday, September 14, at New Hoper Baptist Church 1415 Big Bethel Rd.
Internment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
It is the desire of the Moody family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of Pastor Al Moody has entrusted his final care to the staff of C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
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