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Louis & Kay Moore expanding publishing, teaching ministry

GARLAND, Texas (BP)–Louis A. Moore, 55, has taken early retirement from Southern Baptist denominational service to devote full time to publishing and teaching ministries he and his wife, Kay, have developed during the past decade.

One ministry is Hannibal Books, an evangelical book publishing company founded in 1985 by authors Jim and Marti Hefley. The Moores purchased Hannibal Books from the Hefleys in May 1999 and are expanding its scope and operations.

The second ministry is Family Matters Seminars, through which the Moores annually lead marriage enrichment conferences worldwide.

The Moores are relocating the ministries to Garland, Texas, Kay’s hometown on the outskirts of Dallas.

Moore has resigned from the staff of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, effective June 30. He joined the IMB staff in 1994. He currently serves as special assistant to the IMB President Jerry Rankin. He has also served as the IMB’s associate vice president for communications.

Before moving to Richmond in 1994, Moore was associate director for products at the Christian Life Commission (now the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) in Nashville, Tenn.

From 1972 to 1986 he was religion editor of the Houston Chronicle. From 1984 to 1986 he was president of the Religion Newswriters Association, the professional organization for secular religion writers and editors in the United States and Canada.

Kay Moore, a reporter for the Houston Chronicle for almost 15 years, was design editor of the LIFE Support curriculum at LifeWay Christian Resources (former Baptist Sunday School Board) in the early 1990s. A prolific writer and editor, she has written for numerous Southern Baptist devotional, missions and curriculum publications and has authored two books, “Gathering the Missing Pieces in an Adopted Life” and “When the Heart Soars Free.” She is the coauthor with Avery Willis of the new MasterLife and with Larry Burkett of How Much Is Enough? and Jesus on Money.

Hannibal Books has more than 40 titles in print, including books on families, missions, critical issues and country classics. Hannibal’s top seller is the popular Jungle Series, also known as the Rani Series, by Ron Snell. The three-volume series of paperback books detail Snell’s life growing up as a missionary kid in the jungles of Peru.

The Moores began leading marriage retreats in local churches more than 20 years ago after their first joint book, “When You Both Go to Work,” was published by Word Inc. In 1990 they joined the faculty of LifeWay’s Fall Festival of Marriage and have now led more than 50 marriage seminars throughout the country.

Both Louis and Kay are journalism graduates of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Louis holds the master of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., which Kay also attended.

The Moores can be reached at 1-800-747-0738, by email at [email protected] or through their Internet site, www.hannibalbooks.com.

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