Tribute from Richard Gwathmey
I am honored and grateful to be invited to write this tribute to Peter Moore. I only wish I had more space… much more!
I arrived at FOCUS in the mid-’70s. The office was in Sandra and Peter’s basement in Stamford, and the staff numbered fewer than a dozen. It was an exciting time, as we had to depend on the Lord’s provision a lot.
Peter accepted Jesus as a boy at St. Mark’s School and soon longed for a more compelling presentation of the gospel in boarding school chapel services. He went to Yale, then Oxford, where he encountered the “Bash camps,” Christian camps for boys who attended England’s top boarding schools. That inspired Peter to start a similar endeavor here. His early efforts eventually morphed into FOCUS, which was originally intended for students in New England boarding schools, in the knowledge that these students often wound up in positions of notable influence. With amazing courage, energy, determination, and drive, he accumulated a few helpers and started holding “sleep-away” weekends and more. In those days boarding schools were usually single-sex, so many students jumped at the idea of a weekend away with students of the opposite sex. It worked.
From the beginning, Peter’s vision was to make these students as comfortable as possible on their own terms (lifestyle-wise), hence ski weekends, adventures in the Adirondacks, a drop-in house on the Vineyard, summer programs on Long Island, and more. Again, by God’s grace, manifested in Peter’s vision and drive, it worked. And look what it is today!
Peter prayed a lot, and he had a wonderful way of drawing other gifted and accomplished people into his work: faculty, staff, volunteers, supporters, and more. His boundless energy was quite remarkable, right up to the end of his life. Nothing would stop him from working to advance the cause of Christ. He had a vision (several, actually) of what he wanted to do, and he worked tirelessly until, by God’s grace, he did it.
A most remarkable man, enormously used by God. Hallelujah for the life of Peter Moore!
Former FOCUS Staff and Board Member