Pastor Richard Moody was born
in Crawford, NE. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska
in May of 1975, he entered Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Pastor Moody had never met a deaf person
during his first 25 years of life in Nebraska. At the
Seminary, Mr Omahr Mork was studying to become a pastor in the LCMS and his
interpreter was Pastor
Ron Friedrich. Pastor Moody began studying sign language, and during
his second year transfered to Holy
Cross Deaf as a field work student. From the deaf and Pastors Friedrich
and Hewitt (the Pastor of Holy
Cross Deaf), he learned the language and culture of the deaf.
Pastor married his wife, Lois, here in
St. Louis on May 28, 1977.
month later found them in Washington, DC, to vicar under Pastor Dan Pokorny
at the Isaiah 29 Center for Deaf Ministry.
From Pastor Pokorny, Vicar Moody
learned so much about the respect for the language of the deaf and how to
Upon returning to the Seminary, Holy
Cross Deaf was vacant (had no Pastor).
Beginning in September 1978, Seminarian
Moody served them during his four year
at the Seminary. Then, during a service
held on April 26, 1979, he received his
call to serve Holy Cross Deaf. He
graduated from Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis, Missouri, on May 18, 1979.
On May 27, 1979, Pastor Herbert Schuller ordained Seminarian
Moody at Bethlehem Lutheran, Crawford, NE.
Pastor Daniel H. Pokorny
preached the message and was
involved in the ordination.
On June 17, 1979, Pastor James Taglauer
installed Pastor Moody
to serve Holy Cross Lutheran Church for the Deaf, St. Louis.
Pastor Moody and his wife Lois have
three daughters, Jennifer, Rebekah and Kristina.
We will soon be adding more information and pictures showing Pastor
including his 9 grandkids, their parents, and his niece, her husband, son
and soon new baby.
His niece is the daughter of Lois' identical twin sister and
has lived with or near Pastor for almost 20 years.
Watch for updates!
May God Bless each of
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