Renowned musician Thomas Moore is leaving Myers Park United Methodist Church after 11 years directing its “Church in the Round” music ministry.

Moore, who is also an early childhood education specialist, told he will devote more time to his consulting business. He also did not rule out working with another Charlotte-area church.

“I’m kind of in a place where I know the next step is beyond me,” he said. “Where God leads me I will go. I’m not equipped at this point to take charge of my next step.”

Moore began his association with MPUMC as a soloist in 1972, eventually working with a number of the church’s ministries. In addition to directing “Church in the Round,” he also worked to help MPUMC extend its ministries into diverse communities.

The congregation will pay tribute to Moore on Sunday.

Moore said he is hired to speak at 15 to 20 education-related conferences a year, about half the number he once did. He said he’d like to devote more time to promoting that part of his business.

Senior Pastor James Howell said via email that Moore’s departure would not affect the church’s outreach efforts into African American communities. “We have a few dozen outreach endeavors and many friendships with the African American community which will continue to grow as they aren’t limited to a single person,” he said.

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