The Sun Shines Bright

What a journey pastoral life has been! From the East Coast to the West Coast, God charted a course (more like an adventure) for our family that eventually brought us to Paducah and the historic First Baptist Church (Acts 17:26). I’m grateful to the Lord for a wife who has cheered me on at every juncture. And I’m so excited to begin this new ministry chapter with FBC that I can barely contain myself. (This is my first morning in the office, officially.)

football1From our years on Chicago’s North Shore, I never imagined that God would move us back to Kentucky, a place I have loved since my childhood. Joshua has considered himself a Kentuckian his entire life, but in November 2010 three generations of the women in my family felt compelled to test Brooklyn-born Eileen’s adopted Kentucky loyalties. You’ve seen the Old El Paso ad: “New York City?” But as you can observe from the first photo, she passed the test with flying colors. (Don’t worry, U of L fans, we’ll love you too!)

Just as this is a time of transition for our family, it’s a time of transition for you too. You may be wondering why the pastor search committee didn’t present a candidate who looked like Pierce Brosnan. Or maybe you don’t trust anybody born in Texas. Perhaps you’re worried that I’ll preach for 90 minutes, and then decide to introduce my second point.


Whatever thoughts you may be having right now, I urge you not to miss the wonder of what God is doing in, among, and through us! “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19). Beloved flock, the Lord has it all worked out –and He knows exactly what He’s doing. And what we need. God is great, and God is good.

And so the Moore’s have exchanged regular vistas of the Pacific Ocean for regular vistas of the Ohio River (Eileen snapped the second photo). We couldn’t be happier. Not because we don’t love and miss our SoCal church family — for we surely do, every day — but because this is the Lord’s new assignment for us. And we wouldn’t miss it for the world. We already love you!

I feel it in my bones: you and I are about to experience an undeserved but Spirit-given season of marvelous outreach for our Lord Jesus Christ from the FBCP epicenter.

The sun shines bright on my old (and new) Kentucky home.

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21 comments on “The Sun Shines Bright
  1. Welcome to Paducah and to FBCP! We are so glad you are here and can hardly wait to see what God has in store for all of us! God Bless!

  2. Ellen Powless says:

    Happy 1st Day in the FBC office!

  3. Leigh Anne Fugate says:

    Welcome!! A brand new chapter in the life of FBC Paducah has begun.

  4. Dawn McKown says:

    Welcome to Paducah, Moore family! We are so excited to have you here and so ready to get to know you!

  5. Kelly Walker says:

    Welcome to FBC Paducah! Our family hopes you have had a fabulous first day. We look forward to seeing what God has in store.

  6. Janice Foster says:

    Welcome to FBC! Excited to begin this fabulous new journey with you!

  7. Kathy Slaughter says:

    Welcome to Paducah and FBC! We have been praying for you and your family and are grateful for what God is doing in our church family! God bless!

  8. Kelley banks says:

    Welcome Moore family!
    Our hearts are so full! Let the Spirit-led season begin! We love you all! The banks family. Go big blue:)

  9. Ralph VanPeursem says:

    Happy for you all.

  10. Linda Hart says:

    Hope this first day at FBC was a great one…the first of many!

  11. Linda Hart says:

    Hope your first day at FBC was a great one…the first of many!

  12. Marie Jackson says:

    Welcome Pastor Charles and family to your new Kentucky home. We are excited to see what God has in store for FBC and we are so blest you answered God’s calling. BLESSINS…Marie Jackson

  13. Cheryl Zozaya says:

    Hi Pastor Charles –
    I’ve enjoyed reading your last few Moore to Life postings, and am glad to hear of your family adventures back east. God Bless you as you begin this new chapter of your ministry.

    To the congregation at FBC in Paducah – you have no idea how blessed you are (but you soon will!) to have such a man of God as your new senior pastor. Prepare to have your socks knocked off (to quote one of the CCCLH women Bible study leaders!).

  14. Julie Kleet says:

    We couldn’t be happier that you and your family are here.

  15. Kevin McCallon says:

    Great words for a great beginning, Charles! Erin and I are so excited for you and for the church family there in Paducah. May your leadership be the start of what become the most wonderful years of walking with God for all of you. You’re in our hearts and prayers as they have already been for years. As God’s blessings flow among you, we’ll join you in Spirit and joy!

    Lead on!

  16. Dewey Burger says:

    Paul & I are so glad you are here at FBC!!! May God bless you,
    your family and your ministry!!!

  17. Marsha Sanders says:

    Welcome! So excited!!!

  18. Joyce Hearell says:

    Welcome, Pastor Charles and Family, looking forward to see what God has in store for us at FBC with your leadership.

  19. Melissa Breeden says:

    So very excited that you all are here! We can hardly wait for Sunday and EXODUS 🙂 🙂

  20. Kistal Key says:

    BLESSINGS IN PADUCAH MOORE FAMILY!!! I am Chaz’s sister and I couldn’t be more proud of my brother and his precious family. Paducah is in store for a great addition to their town and church. Chaz’s faith, dedication and love of the LORD have and continue to be an inspiration to our entire family. I can’t wait to meet his new church family 🙂

  21. Delbert Pruitt says:

    Welcome to Paducah. We are glad you are here!

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