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Ministering is in his blood for pastor Jordan Moody

  • Jordan Moody, pastor at Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Jordan Moody, pastor at Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Jordan Moody, pastor at Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Jordan Moody Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 4:44PM

Ministry is in his blood, said Jordan Moody, the pastor at Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey.

Moody is a young pastor to match his young parish. He’d been filling in as an interim pastor at 26, when the church asked him to fill the post permanently. It’s his first parish, and he entered the job knowing he still has a lot to learn, he said, but it feels like after many years of searching, he’s in the right place.

“I didn’t grow up saying that I wanted to be a minister or a pastor,” Moody said. “But I never felt drawn to the business world. I was drawn to people. Helping people.”

Moody didn’t think that standing in front of a ministry was for him – he wasn’t a fan of public speaking. So much so that he once faked an illness to try to get out of performing in an elementary school play. But he grew up with ministry around him. His grandfather, Melvin Moody, founded Dublin Christian Academy. His father, too, for many years served as principal there, and ministering was part of their everyday lives, both at work and at home.

“At my home, pastors, ministers, missionaries and church leaders were always over for dinner. That was always around,” Moody said.

It wasn’t until he was in high school and started to go on mission trips to some of the poorest parts of Honduras, Mexico and Micronesia to help provide medical and dental care that he really began to consider devoting his life to the church. For awhile, he said, he considered making missions his life work, working with an organization to help lead missionary teams around the world. Ultimately, he said, he was too much a person of routine, and too tightly tied to his home to be happy in that life.

“It was what I saw in my father and grandfather, how they were able to make a difference, that really planted a seed,” he said. “My gifts are centered around wanting to help my own community.”

After graduating from Bob Jones University with a degree in Humanities, Moody returned to Dublin to teach at Dublin Christian Academy with his father, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in theological studies at Liberty University.

That was when he was asked by some Hope Fellowship Church members if he would step in as an interim pastor, while they were looking for a full-time person to install. Eventually, he was asked to submit his resume.

“It was a pretty big risk for them. I was young, an unknown commodity, this is my first pastorate,” he said.

And it was a whirlwind time for him, he said. Both his parents had been diagnosed with cancer. He’d married and shortly after had his first child.

“God was good through it all,” he said. “It happened in his timing and his plan.”

Hope Fellowship Church has a short history compared to many New England churches with a hundred years of history or more, and with that, comes a younger parish. Many of whom are in the same place in life as Moody, with young families and struggles of their own, he said. Because he comes from the same place, he can relate to them.

There are strengths in that. I’m able to connect with them and speak their language,” he said.

And he’s able to provide something, he said, many people of his generation are looking for in a church: Genuineness. But he doesn’t put that skill down to his youth. He learned it at the knee of his father and grandfather.

“Many millennials – I consider myself a millennial – feel the church has grown into a disingenuous place. They want a real conversation, with each other, with other human beings, with God,” Moody said. “I seek to be the same person on Sunday in the pulpit as I am on Monday. My father and grandfather were like that. For me, the people on stage on Sunday were the same people at home.”

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.