Chris Moore

My degree program: M.Div.

 

My home: Indianapolis, IN

 

My home parish: St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, IN

 

My background: 

My bachelor's degree is in music composition, and from 2009 to 2014 I was teaching private saxophone lessons.  Overlapping with this was our family's interest in missions. In 2011, we applied to be full time missionaries with Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and after building our support team, we moved to Mongolia in October, 2014.  

What brought me to seminary: 

Since the time we applied to be missionaries, I had wondered if I should pursue seminary. The answer in different circumstances seemed to be "wait." This past winter, we spent three weeks in Seoul, working on obtaining our work visas for Mongolia. During this time we lived at the Korean Orthodox Church's Mission Center and were blessed to speak with His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrose-Aristotle (Zographos), metropolitan of Korea, on a few occasions, about our missions plans. He also is very much a missionary and studied at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, among other places. He strongly encouraged me to consider seminary education as a vital part of my missionary preparation.

At first I was hoping to find a distance learning program which would enable me to pursue theological education while remaining in Mongolia. Through some events that took place, and also our plans to come home for the winter for the birth of our second child, studying at seminary seemed to be what God was revealing to us as the next step in our journey. We certainly see a great need in Mongolia (and across the world) for more Orthodox priests and lay leaders to proclaim the Orthodox faith and believe having seminary training will equip us to do that.

Why I chose St. Vladimir’s: 

St. Vladimir's was suggested by several people whom we respect and trust.  St. Vladimir's seems to be known internationally as a respectable Orthodox seminary with high standards, providing a strong academic and formative education.

Read Chris' reflection, "Go to Seminary Now?"