The prolific Adventist publisher and author was “a staunch defender of the truth of God,” say the leaders.
Marvin Leroy Moore, editor-in-chief of Signs of the times, died on the morning of September 27, 2021, at his home in Caldwell, Idaho, United States, with his wife, Lois, by his side. He was 84 years old.
Marvin Moore was born on March 14, 1937 to Fred and Blanche Moore, missionaries in Lima, Peru. Her sister, Evelyn, was born a year and a half later. His family eventually moved to Argentina and later to Cuba. His mother home schooled him until grade six.
Moore graduated from Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida. There he won first prize playing the piano piece “MalagÃ¼ena” in a talent show. He attended Southwestern Junior College in Keene, Texas. He then graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1959 with a degree in theology and a desire to be a Bible professor at the university.
From there, Moore attended the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, which at that time was located at the Washington Missionary College in Washington, DC. He interned at the Southern California Conference in Pomona, California.
The church in Mojave, California was his first pastorate; Westminster, California, his second. From there he went to teach Bible studies at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, MT. Moore then decided to go back to school and earned a master’s degree in church history from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. During this time, he read a book on writing and realized that this was an area that interested him.
After graduating from Andrews University, Moore accepted a position as pastor at the Texas Conference. Her first marriage ended soon after. For several years, he provided for his children by painting residential and commercial properties. It was around this time that he began writing stories and articles for Adventist magazines. He also edited and published the first community newspaper in Keene, Texas – The Penny Gazette. Every time he heard a siren, Moore would jump in the car, the kids and everything, and drive off towards the stage to collect some hot news for the newspaper.
To hone his writing skills, Moore attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where he earned a master’s degree in Creative Writing. Around 1974, he started working as a freelance writer and published his first book, Trial by Fire, a compilation of stories about bravery. Soon after, he met and married the love of his life, Lois Wilson, on December 20, 1976. They both had a passion for serving God and others.
While continuing to write, Moore returned to pastor the Texas Conference, serving the churches in Alvarado and Waco. In 1985 he was offered the job of his dreams at Pacific Press, where he worked for a total of 36 years, first as a book publisher and for the last 27 years as a publisher of Signs of the times magazine.
In addition to his publishing career, Moore was a prolific author and speaker, writing nearly 40 books and hundreds of articles. Many of his books and articles have been translated into many languages ââfor international distribution. He traveled the world to share his faith in God and his passion for the gospel. He was a long-time member of the Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city where he lived. Moore served on the church board, taught Bible lessons, gave Bible studies, and supported church ministry in a variety of ways.
Moore’s dedicated service has been greatly appreciated by the world church and has been an inspiration to many.
âMarvin was a strong supporter of God’s Bible truth and, as a scholar, he had a special gift for making people think about eternal truth,â said Ted NC Wilson, president of the Adventist General Conference of the seventh day. “We thank God for working through Marvin in this capacity as editor of Signs of the times for 27 years! Many people will be in heaven because of their contact with Signs of the times and the work of Marvin.
Evangelist and author Mark Finley recalled, âI first met Marvin over 30 years ago and was deeply impressed by his clear understanding of Christ-centered end-time events. His approach to prophecy was firmly Adventist and extremely practical. The Seventh-day Adventist Church will miss the clarity of its voice through the page written in Signs of the times. “
âMarvin’s commitment to God and his church, expressed through his writings, preaching and publishing, has made an eternal difference in many lives,â said Dale Galusha, president of the Pacific Press Publishing Association. “He will be sorely missed as a friend, colleague and editor.”
Moore was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Blanche. He is survived by his wife, Lois, with whom he spent 44 happy years. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Charles Griffin, daughter, Sheri, son, Barry, daughter-in-law Lisa Joss-Moore and granddaughter, Mia.
A celebration of her life will be held on the lawn of the Pacific Press Publishing Association building at 5:00 p.m. (MT) on Saturday (Sabbath) October 2, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pacific Press Publishing Association for Signs World Evangelism, which sends Signs of the times and Pocket signs (small spiritual leaflets) to those who cannot afford to subscribe.