Elder Moffett Dedication
Emeritus and Beloved Pastor James F. Moffett, Sr.
“The Master Pastor”
Pastor Elder James Frederick Moffett was born on July 2, 1936 in Escatawpa, MS. His parents, the Late Mr. Robert Moffett, Sr. and Mrs. Myrtle Bardwell Moffett, reared him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Christened at Summerville Methodist Church, he converted to Catholicism at a young age. In 1974, Elder Moffett encountered the Lord in a way that would change the course of his life. While stationed at Fort McArthur in Los Angeles, CA, he was led of the Spirit to seek the counsel of Elder George Foster whose spiritual wisdom and prayers would ultimately lead him to salvation. Approximately six months later, he accepted his call to advance the gospel via the preached word. His first sermon was entitled “Such As I Have,” and for the remainder of his earthly existence, Elder Moffett freely gave such as he had. A man of valor and unsurpassed heart, he offered his very life to God’s people.
In 1978 Elder Moffett was assigned to the pastorate of Restoration and Revival Center in Moss Point, MS where he served for 31 years before he retired in 2009. For a time, he also pastored the Lucedale Church of God in Christ in Lucedale, MS and the Limestone Church of God in Christ in Waynesboro, MS. While pastoring full time, he became a passionate traveling evangelist, touching the lives of countless people with his mixture of wisdom, humility, and unique delivery. But not only was he a consummate preacher, he was a selfless human being, offering constant counseling and tangible aid to people in life situations, and it should be noted that he was the best husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle in the world.
A veteran of the United States Army, Elder Moffett served two overseas tours of duty in Germany, Korea and Viet Nam, as well as stateside duty in Fort Lee, VA, Fort Hood, TX, Fort Rucker, AL, and Fort McArthur, CA.
He was united in holy matrimony to his devoted wife, Evangelist Missionary Gloria Jean Freeman Moffett on November 14. They have two sons, Sheldon Craig (Elzater) and James Frederick, Jr. (Diane).
Witty and dapper and intellectual, James F. Moffett—affectionately known by the young adults at Restoration as “Pops” and “Dad” and his family as Freddie—will be sorely missed, but heaven surely must be rejoicing at his glorious homecoming. He departed this life on December 2, 2011.