Paul A. Moots

Moots Paul A. Moots, beloved pastoral director, community leader, and tireless worker for the oppressed, passed away June 19, 2013, after a short illness. Son of Philip K. and Margaret Shoots Moots, Paul is survived by his devoted wife Robin, with whom he has worked and lived and laughed for many years. They have been joint activists in causes important to the community and its needy, and together have made the lives of so many brighter. Paul and Robin, Robin and Paul: ready always with a kind word, assistance, and, unfailingly, laughter and joy. Paul lives in the hearts of so many, starting with his immediate family: his wife, Robin; his brother, Philip R. Moots; sister, Nita Moots Kincaid;, daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Larry Kitchen. Paul was also a generous-hearted grandfather to Madeline, Kirstin, and Grace. Paul graduated from Bellefontaine High School, received his B.A. with honors in English from The Ohio State University, and was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. After graduation, Paul served in several ministerial positions: Zanesville Grace United Methodist Church, Summit and Linden United Methodist Churches in Columbus, Mount Sterling United Methodist Church, and Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene. Paul was a gifted writer, author of notable books and articles on theology, jazz, and Ohio history. He was also one of those rare children of God whose energy and sense of mission pull him always into the heart of the toughest problems, including his leadership role in establishing the Mount Sterling Community Center. Paul was fond of singing (not too well) Beatles tunes. No one who heard him will ever forget his shrill falsetto going at "I Want to Hold Your Hand." And that's just what he did---hold hands with love and tenderness. His touch warms us still. A celebration of Paul's life will be held Sunday, June 23, at 5 p.m. at the Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 21, 2013