Moore, John Vanlandingham Papers

Span Dates: 1964-2018
Bulk Dates:
Volume: .18 cubic feet


John V. Moore delivered sermons offering the earliest public rethinking on the issue of homosexuality in the Methodist church in early 1965. A firestorm quickly ensued, of which a sample can be found in this collection in the correspondence and clipping files. Addresses and papers in this collection were created at least a decade after the1965 sermons. These represent Moore’s evolving thinking on homosexuality for a larger discussion within The United Methodist Church.

Hist/Bio Note

John Vanlandingham Moore (1919- ) was born in Pueblo, Colorado. He received a B.A. from Stanford in 1941and later Colgate Rochester Divinity School, spending a middle year at Berkeley Divinity School before returning to Colgate Rochester in order to finish his Masters of Divinity degree by the Spring of 1944. He served in Baptist churches until 1948 when he became a clergy member of and served the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in various congregations. In 1962 he was moved to San Francisco to be the senior minister of Glide Memorial Methodist where he remained, giving a controversial sermon on serving homosexuals in early 1965. In July1966, the bishop appointed Moore to the California Aggie Christian Association at the University of California Davis campus, where he served as campus minister until 1972. He held prominent positions within the conference until retiring in 1986.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


Thi collection is archived at the United Methodist Archives and History Center at Drew University.


Moore, John V. | United Methodist Church | Glide Memorial United Methodist Church | Ally