Rev. Jerry A. Moore Jr. (Courtesy of
Rev. Jerry A. Moore Jr. (Courtesy of

The Rev. Jerry A. Moore Jr., former D.C. Council member and pastor emeritus of the historic Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, died peacefully on Dec. 19, church officials said. He was 99.

Moore, renowned for his forthright voice and descriptive prose while preaching, served as the pastor of Nineteenth Street for 52 years and led the church from its previous location on 19th and I streets to its current location on 16th Street.

He was also an influential figure for generations of pastors, lay leaders and parishioners in the region and beyond.

“My father once told me that he has lived a blessed life because he has accomplished all he set out to do,” said Rev. Juran Moore, the pastor’s youngest son.

Moore was an at-large member of the D.C. Council for 10 years, chairing the council’s transportation committee during that time. He also served as a Metro board member, chaplain of the D.C. Detention Facility, executive secretary for the National Baptist Convention Home Mission Board, co-founder of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and nominee for the United States Ambassador to Lesotho.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th Street NW. Family visitation will be from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Celebration service begins at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that direct monetary contributions be made to the Benevolence Fund at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church.

Moore was the husband of the late Dr. Ettyce H. Moore; father of Jerry A. Moore III (Cynthia) and Rev. Juran D. Moore Sr. (Hazel); grandfather of Juran D. Moore Jr., Colonel Percy Moore (USMC) (Janice) and Sydni M. Williams; great-grandfather of Sade, Jordan, Skylar, Jaden and Jason Moore.

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