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December 29, 1988 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Colvin is a Redondo Beach free - lance writer.
The first thing that strikes you about the Rev. Jess C. Moody is that he's a talker. The senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys remembers parishioner Burt Reynolds' high school football rushing average (9.8 yards per carry), reminisces about meeting C.S. Lewis, gives his opinions on what's wrong with churches and explains without hesitation his view of the California work ethic--toil until you can afford a Mercedes, then quit.
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August 22, 1997 | JOHN DART
The Rev. Jess Moody, a large-framed Southern Baptist preacher with visions as big as his native Texas, put his brand of evangelical churchmanship on the San Fernando Valley for 19 years before retiring in 1995. Moody arrived in 1976 to pastor the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, an independent congregation with some 10,000 members. Eight years before, he established Palm Beach Atlantic College while pastor of a Southern Baptist church in Florida.
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August 22, 1997 | JOHN DART
The Rev. Jess Moody, a large-framed Southern Baptist preacher with visions as big as his native Texas, put his brand of evangelical churchmanship on the San Fernando Valley for 19 years before retiring in 1995. Moody arrived in 1976 to pastor the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys, an independent congregation with some 10,000 members. Eight years before, he established Palm Beach Atlantic College while pastor of a Southern Baptist church in Florida.
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September 16, 1995 | JOHN DART
As merger prospects brighten for his debt-burdened church in Porter Ranch, the Rev. Jess Moody--a prominent churchman locally and among Southern Baptists nationally--will resign as pastor Sunday and say goodby to 19 years of turbulence and triumph in the San Fernando Valley. Pressing health problems of his wife and daughter prompted Moody, who turned 70 last month, to leave Shepherd of the Hills Church and move to New Mexico sooner than expected.
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September 2, 1991
The Rev. Jess Moody, pastor of the nearly completed $15-million Shepherd of the Hills Church in Chatsworth, has told a Southern Baptist news agency that he agreed to be nominated for the presidency of that denomination in a last-ditch effort at reconciliation between victorious fundamentalist leaders and moderates who have drifted away.
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June 13, 1992 | JOHN DART
Porter Ranch Pastor Jess Moody finished a surprising second in a three-man race this week for president of the 15.2-million-member Southern Baptist Convention, but the anti-insider mood in American politics didn't extend to that denomination. Prior to the meeting, Moody, 66, senior pastor of the Shepherd of the Hills Church, was being touted as the "Ross Perot" of the Baptists' race.
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September 2, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Convinced that disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker will succeed in a bid to buy back the PTL religious network and park he founded, a Van Nuys pastor Thursday ended his association with court-endorsed attempts to help the ministry rebound from bankruptcy. The Rev. Jess Moody, senior minister of the Van Nuys First Baptist Church, who earlier served on an advisory board for the federal bankruptcy court in Columbia, S.C.
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November 4, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing inside the nearly completed sanctuary of his Shepherd of the Hills Church several weeks ago, the Rev. Jess Moody said he was hoping the congregation's costly, oft-delayed move from Van Nuys to Chatsworth was about over. "We got a few bugs to get rid of," Moody remarked. Just then, Don Goeschl, the church's building supervisor, reached down on the carpet and caught a cricket in his hand. "And there's one of them!" said the pastor known for his jocular, often flamboyant statements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1995 | JOHN DART
As merger prospects brighten for his debt-burdened church in Porter Ranch, the Rev. Jess Moody--a prominent churchman locally and among Southern Baptists nationally--will resign as pastor Sunday and say goodby to 19 years of turbulence and triumph in the San Fernando Valley. Pressing health problems of his wife and daughter prompted Moody, who turned 70 last month, to leave Shepherd of the Hills Church and move to New Mexico sooner than expected.
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March 13, 1987
Your columnist Al Martinez can frequently be amusing. However his hostile diatribe against the Rev. Jess Moody and others was an outstanding example of poor taste, poor judgment, and gross insensitivity toward the religious commitment of others. Theologically, I stand poles apart from Mr. Moody. However, I certainly endorse his expression of his commitment. To attempt to make a respected religious leader look ludicrous for the sake of a few banal jokes is beneath the dignity of The Times.
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June 13, 1992 | JOHN DART
Porter Ranch Pastor Jess Moody finished a surprising second in a three-man race this week for president of the 15.2-million-member Southern Baptist Convention, but the anti-insider mood in American politics didn't extend to that denomination. Prior to the meeting, Moody, 66, senior pastor of the Shepherd of the Hills Church, was being touted as the "Ross Perot" of the Baptists' race.
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November 4, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing inside the nearly completed sanctuary of his Shepherd of the Hills Church several weeks ago, the Rev. Jess Moody said he was hoping the congregation's costly, oft-delayed move from Van Nuys to Chatsworth was about over. "We got a few bugs to get rid of," Moody remarked. Just then, Don Goeschl, the church's building supervisor, reached down on the carpet and caught a cricket in his hand. "And there's one of them!" said the pastor known for his jocular, often flamboyant statements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1991
The Rev. Jess Moody, pastor of the nearly completed $15-million Shepherd of the Hills Church in Chatsworth, has told a Southern Baptist news agency that he agreed to be nominated for the presidency of that denomination in a last-ditch effort at reconciliation between victorious fundamentalist leaders and moderates who have drifted away.
NEWS
December 29, 1988 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Colvin is a Redondo Beach free - lance writer.
The first thing that strikes you about the Rev. Jess C. Moody is that he's a talker. The senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Van Nuys remembers parishioner Burt Reynolds' high school football rushing average (9.8 yards per carry), reminisces about meeting C.S. Lewis, gives his opinions on what's wrong with churches and explains without hesitation his view of the California work ethic--toil until you can afford a Mercedes, then quit.
NEWS
September 2, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Convinced that disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker will succeed in a bid to buy back the PTL religious network and park he founded, a Van Nuys pastor Thursday ended his association with court-endorsed attempts to help the ministry rebound from bankruptcy. The Rev. Jess Moody, senior minister of the Van Nuys First Baptist Church, who earlier served on an advisory board for the federal bankruptcy court in Columbia, S.C.
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February 9, 1987 | Al Martinez
God is back in the news. He has apparently instructed Southern Baptist Jess Moody not to move his 10,000-member church into an exclusive Chatsworth neighborhood in order to avoid a confrontation with its upper-income residents. So doing, God yields to the wishes of an unemployed newscaster and a wealthy grocery store owner to keep religion out of their corner of the Christian-Judeo world.
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June 30, 1987
The 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Van Nuys will sell its building and 11 acres at 14800 Sherman Way to the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, also known as the Church on the Way, for $11 million, a First Baptist official said Monday. The congregations of both churches have approved the sale, and have scheduled a contract-signing ceremony Sunday, said the Rev. Jim Rives, First Baptist's executive pastor. The sale will enable the Baptist church, led by the Rev.
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