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Arthur James Moore (b.1888)

Arthur James Moore was born at Argyle in Georgia and was educated at Emory College in his native state. He entered the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (South) in 1909 and served as a minister in Texas and Alabama until his election as a bishop in 1930. From 1934 until 1940, Moore was in charge of missionary activities in China, the Belgian Congo, Belgium, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Korea.

In 1940 he was given responsibility for the Atlanta area and from 1952 to 1954 he also supervised the work of the Church in Switzerland and adjacent Central European regions. Honoured by the governments of China and Korea for his services to the people of those countries, Moore was sent during the 1950s on five emergency missions to disturbed areas of the world.

Moore also acted as President of Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia and as a trustee of Emory University and many other Methodist colleges in the United States. He served as President of the Methodist Church Council of Bishops between 1951 and 1952.

Moore retired in 1960 but continued to travel and preach widely.

Source: Encylopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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