David Moore, Lead Pastor
Email: dnmjr@mac.com
The Rev. Dr. David N. Moore, Jr. is an ecumenical teacher and author.  He attributes his love for the world to seeing it through the lens of the camera of his father, a career Navy photographer. His mother has always been the extrovert, and the Navy family friendships that grew from this made David feel at home around people of many backgrounds.

He selected Communication Studies as an undergraduate major at the University of California, with the aspiration of working in television news, but while a sophomore at UC San Diego, he responded to another calling, that of biblical scholarship and teaching.

Upon graduating from UC Santa Barbara, he interned at a local Church of God in Christ, first as a youth minister, and then as an assistant pastor.

At age 27 David was appointed by the late Bishop J. A. Blake to the church in Santa Barbara now known as New Covenant Worship Center. After 10 years with this church, David was invited by the Southern California District of Foursquare Churches to take the leadership of one of their churches, in Oxnard. Not thinking it was God’s plan that he leave the Santa Barbara church, he offered to minister in Oxnard only if he could stay with New Covenant Church. After a time of prayer, Foursquare church officials made the exceptional move of, with Bishop Charles Blake’s support, assigning the church in Oxnard to David. He continues to serve both churches.

He earned his Master’s degree from St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick, Canada, and currently holds an appointment to adjunct faculty there, teaching Ancient Mediterranean History. He earned his Theology doctorate in 2014. Two South African presidents, Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, are included among those who studied at the University of South Africa before David, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also an alumnus. David and Diane have been married for 38 years and have 5 adult children.