Beth Moore, founder and pastor of internationally known Living Proof Ministries, was born Wanda Elizabeth Green on June 16, 1957 in an army base at Green Bay, Wisconsin. Beth is the fourth of five children and was raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where her father, a retired army officer, owned a cinema house.
During her younger days she used to work at her father’s cinema house. In that movie theater, she began to love stories, tell them, write them, and be told them. But the story that captured her heart and influenced her life was not the stories she saw in the movies but the story told in Sunday school about Jesus Christ. Here she learned how Jesus loved children and thought her how special she was.
She finished her bachelor’s degree in political science from Southwest Texas State University. She was also a member of Chi Omega Sorority of that school. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Howard Payne University. Wanda Elizabeth Green married Keith Moore in 1978, thus she is known today as Dr. Beth Moore. Beth and Keith are happily married and have two grown daughters, Amanda and Melissa, who now worked and served together with their husbands in the Living Proof Ministries. She and her family now reside at Houston, Texas.
Beginning at the age of 18, she devoted her youth to serving the vocational Christian Ministry. While working as a volunteer Sunday school teacher, Beth Moore found out that she needs to learn more about the Bible. She attended a biblical doctrine class and her knowledge of the Bible became expansive. Her knowledge of the Bible grew more as Buddy Walters, a former college football player, shared Beth and Keith the message of the Good News.
Beth had a calling that she shared her Bible knowledge through a weekly Bible study class. By the mid-1990s that class had grown to 2,000 women. To her class, she was known as a great story teller who speaks with great energy, warmth, grace, humor and passion. She usually sprinkled her Bible teachings with stories and poems written from the perspective of relevant characters.
She begins speaking at various churches throughout South Texas. It was followed by the publication of her Bible studies by LifeWay Christian Resources, publishing arm of Broadman & Holman. This led to a national speaking ministry for Dr. Beth Moore.
In 1994, with the help of a praise and worship band, she founded the Living Proof Ministries in Houston, Texas. The ministry is a bible oriented organization for women who desire to shape their lives based on evangelical Christian principles. The main purpose for which she founded Living Proof Ministries is to teach women how to love and live on God’s Word, the Bible.
Moore’s Living Proof Ministries vision is: “Living Proof is devoted to investing in the Spiritual lives of people of every color and denomination through sound Biblical teaching and uplifting praise and worship.”
As Evangelist, Dr. Beth Moore spreads her teachings and Bible studies for women around the world through radio and live conferences and through her books, the internet, DVD, video and audio tape.
Women around the world have attended her Living Proof Live conferences sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources where she is the key speaker. Others have listened to her radio show, Living Proof with Beth Moore. She also appears on a regular TV program LIFE Today, where she hosts Wednesdays with Beth. In 2007 and 2008, together with Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer, Dr. Beth Moore established a LifeWay weekend conference, Deeper Still: The Event, hosted by the three women.
As an author, Dr. Beth Moore has written several books based on the Bible studies she conducts at the Living Proof Live conferences and at, First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas (her local church). Her books include When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, Get Out Of That Pit, Believing God, A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place, Loving Well, Breaking Free, The Patriarchs and many more. Her other works were recorded in audio/video series and on CDs such as, Who Will You Trust?, Songs of Deliverance and Fully Alive.
Since 1994 she had visited fifty states where she held Living Proof Live conferences. More than 658,000 women have attended said events or conferences. She also visited several countries like the Philippines, Singapore, India, Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Puerto Rico, England and Ireland where she taught Bible conferences. During the years that followed, American missionaries and expatriates had brought the Bible studies in other parts of the world, resulting in Dr. Beth Moore’s Bible study groups to grow all over the world.
Beth Moore believes that her destiny was to serve and to love God and to bring people, particularly women of all colors, race and creed, closer to the Word of God. She has accepted the burden of teaching the doctrinal and spiritual values of the Bible. Evangelization is her ministry.
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