ORLANDO, Fla. — The Rev. Dr. Mike Moses, the founding and lead pastor of Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, N.C., was unanimously elected moderator of the 35th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church yesterday.
“The greatest honor in my life is to open the Word of life,” he said, and being elected moderator is an “additional honor. I am humbled. Thank you for your trust. I have been in the EPC for a long time, and this is a sacred assembly to me.”
He said yes to being considered for moderator because “I love the EPC.”
Moses, a teaching elder in the EPC for more than 16 years, received his bachelor of arts in history from the College of William and Mary and a Masters in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He was awarded his Doctorate in Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2007.
As founding pastor of Lake Forest Church, he has watched the church grow from a group of 42 adults meeting in a skating rink in Oct. 1998 to church of 2,000 people with three Lake Norman campuses.
Of the church he serves, Moses said that “We try to point to Jesus before all else … We are a missional church … We join the mission of God to go out beyond the four walls.
Also during the morning business session, Scott Griffin, a ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church of Kent, Washington since 1987, was nominated as moderator-elect of the 26th General Assembly.
He retired as a senior executive of the Boeing Company in 2007, and has been actively involved in providing pro bono consulting and coaching to non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) boards since then.
Serving as moderator in the EPC requires a three year commitment. The first year the elected individual serves as moderator-elect, then their year as moderator and then a third year as the immediate past moderator. In the spirit of parity between teaching and ruling elders, the role of moderator alternates between pastors and lay leaders each year.
The 35 moderators of the EPC include:
2014 Mr. Gordon Miller
2013 Dr. William Dudley
2012 Mr. Ken Roberts
2011 Rev. Doug Klein
2010 Mr. Rob Liddon
2009 Rev. Nate Atwood
2008 Mr. Allen Roes
2007 Rev. Bill Vogler
2006 Dr. Paul Heidebrecht
2005 Rev. Bill Meyer
2004 Dr. Orin Littlejohn (deceased)
2003 Dr. Ron DiNunzio
2002 Mr. Knox Sherer
2001 Rev. Darryl “Bud” Sparling
2000 Mr. John Graham, III
1999 Dr. James McGuire
1998 Mr. Alan Smith
1997 Dr. Richard Little
1996 Mr. Claude “Buck” Russell, Jr. (deceased)
1995 Rev. Wayne Hoffman
1994 Mr. William Johns
1993 Dr. Graham Smith (deceased)
1992 Mr. John Adamson
1991 Dr. William Flannagan
1990 Mr. James Rimmel
1989 Dr. Andrew Jumper (deceased)
1988 Mr. Richard Heidtman (deceased)
1987 Dr. Perry Mobley
1986 Mr. Roger Vonder Bruegge
1984 Mr. Donald Harms
1983 Dr. James Van Dyke
1982 Mr. Irvin Rinehart (deceased)
1981 Rev. Calvin Gray