The Orange Leader
The Rev. Demetrius Moffett, pastor of First Church of God in Orange, believes in giving back to the community.
Moffett was one of 17 honored during the ceremony in Austin to be honored as a Hero for Children for his voluntary service with West Orange-Cove CISD. He was the only one from Orange.
Moffett learned about the nomination when West Orange-Cove CISD Superintendent James Colbert contacting him to write a short paragraph on his motivation for volunteering. He is described as an exceptional role model, volunteering each week as part of the Build Great Readers Community Partnership at West Orange-Stark Elementary School.
Moffett works with the students on reading skills, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension. Uplifting and encouraging, he stresses the importance of reading and a good education. He also finds time to serve on the high school’s site-based decision making committee and is an advisory board member of the high school’s National Academy Foundation local governance committee according to a press release about the ceremony hosted by the he State Board of Education.
“It is all about making a difference,” Moffett said. “Education is the key.”
Moffett, originally from Detroit, said the work he does in the community is his way of paying it forward.
“I was very fortunate to make it out of Detroit,” Moffett said. “How dare I have the audacity to not pay it forward?”
Moffett said things were so bad in Detroit that people would pack up their homes and give the keys to the homeless.
Moffett also works full time for Centerpoint Energy and working towards establishing Bethesda House in Orange.
Bethesda House will be a substance abuse and psychological care system which is expected to be located at 106 John Street, the old Wallace High School.
The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board members and recognized for volunteering their time, talents and skills to help improve the public schools in their communities. Each hero receives a certificate of honor, a copy of the resolution scheduled for
board approval, and photographs commemorating the ceremony. Each hero also has his or her name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency.
“It is all about helping people,” Moffett said. “Most children do not see a male role model outside of athletics. We also need to help those that are not athletically inclined.”
Moffett has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University and is currently studying at Grace Theological where he is earning a Masters of Divinity and his MBA from Colorado Technical University.
“If I am doing it [furthering his education],” Moffett said. “Why not with help with the younger children?”