Bishop Moody

Sitting-bishop-with-backgroBishop Moody was born December 16, 1934 to Mr. Booker T. and Geneva Moody, in the city of Tifton, Georgia.

He was saved in September, 1944 and accepted the call to preach in July, 1946 in the city of Waukegan, Illinois. In October, 1950, he was ordained by the late Bishop W. M. Roberts. At the age of 16, he established a small church in Waukegan on Market Street with thirty-eight members and some children. At this young age, he also started a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Later he was impressed of the Lord to submit each group to an older pastor in each of these cities. He took the group that was in Waukegan to St. James Temple Church of God In Christ in North Chicago, Illinois where Elder James W. Markham was the pastor. The group in Milwaukee was advised to go to Elder Dennis Flakes, who is now Bishop Flakes.

Elder Moody served as Youth Pastor at St. James Temple and as District Sunday School Superintendent from 1952 until 1957.

Late in 1956, Mother Sadie Adams and her son Elder Eugene Adams went to Bishop L. H. Ford and asked him to send Elder Moody to Evanston, Illinois to open a church.

Elder Moody came to Evanston on January 7, 1957 and organized the church with a small group of six people. The Lord gave to the group the name "Faith Temple".

Since that time, the Lord has blessed the congregation to grow from six persons to over two hundred families, and over five hundred members. In 1968, the congregation completed the first phase of church construction with a seating capacity of 450, when filled. After attending Moody Bible Institute, in 1970 Elder Moody traveled outside the United States for the first time. Since that time, he has ministered in over thirty-eight countries.

Elder Moody served as Vice-President of the Black Ministers Alliance of Evanston for two years. He also served as a member of the Curriculum Council for the Evanston Township High School for one year.

In 1975, Elder Moody was appointed International President of the Home and Foreign Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ, which reaches into over forty-nine countries.

In 1976, he was elected to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pentecostal World Conference. He still serves in this capacity.

As a part of Bishop Moody’s local church Home Ministry, the congregation served as the Home Church for a Drug Rehabilitation Center, (Prevention, Inc.) for eleven years.

The Faith Temple congregation ministered in their community through radio for thirteen years.

In September, 1980, a new dimension was added to the ministry of his church. Bishop Moody was inspired to open a Christian School, "Faith Christian Academy", with grades Kindergarten through Third grade. The second year would cover Kindergarten through the sixth grade. The school is currently Kindergarten through eight grade. The second phase of construction was completed in June, 1986. The congregation of Faith Temple is presently building a completely new religious/educational complex which is scheduled to be dedicated February, 1998.

In 1982, Elder Moody was consecrated as Missionary Bishop in the Church of God in Christ.

Bishop Moody heads all of the mission work of the Church of God in Christ in all foreign countries as well the United States. He is the International President of the Home and Foreign Missions Department. Bishop Moody is also the Jurisdictional Bishop of Germany.

Bishop Moody married his wife, Mary Alice in 1955. They have one daughter, Sideary King, three sons, Carlis, Jr., Anthony Sr., and Jeffrey. One son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren.

In January, 1996, there was a special service held at Faith Temple Church in recognition of the street (Dewey Avenue) being renamed in honor of Bishop Moody. The street was changed from Dewey Avenue to BISHOP CARLIS L. MOODY AVENUE.

A loving husband, Bishop Moody has been married to his wife Mary Alice for 45 years. They are the parents of four adult children, Missionary Sideary King, Elder Carlis L. Moody, Jr., Elder Anthony Moody and Minister Jeffery Moody. The are also the proud grandparents of eleven grandchildren.

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