The first memory of Donnie that I can recall was when I was seven years old. My family attended a church in roseville about two miles down the street from Abundant Life Fellowship, Foothill community church. My buddy who was the child of a missionary told me “I can’t go to Sunday school today, my parents want me to see Donnie Moore speak and break things.” I knew immediately that Donnie Moore = cool.
Fast forward about 15 years I get invited by Becky and her then boyfriend, hahaha oh the irony, from Abundant life to come up to radical reality Easter camp for the day and I took it. I remember seeing the joy on young people’s faces, servants relishing the chance to serve, and a camp that was full of love.
I jumped in and started serving at radical reality Easter camp 2009, my now girlfriend Becky from Abundant life, there is your irony, was still running the program staff and I was ready to be a part of the team. I did about 8-10 program staffs with my now wife Becky, which has led to having our kids dance on stage, drive golf carts, and most importantly feel the love of Jesus that saturated every radical reality camp.
I remember the long time camp attendees predicting the color of the chair or the room on foregiveness night, I remember the seriousness that culminated with Holy Ghost night and the joy that rang through ebinezer hall on commissioning night. What is so powerful is that the same program, or equation if you will, that Donnie developed as the foundation for the Radical reality camps is as powerful today as the when it was first begun. I was a Christian heading up to the radical reality camp every year but every year I felt challenged, refreshed, and renewed because the Holy Spirit was the director of that camp, Donnie had the right heart to listen and direct the flow. Donnie also had that incredible way of making everyone feel included and special, he was larger than life to me in this particular area. Donnie just loved everyone and everyone loved him!
Baseball was a common topic that I would share with Donnie. I was fascinated with picking his brain about the players he knew and the stories that accompanied them, and he was always happy to oblige. Be it conversations about Ricky Henderson, which always included Ricky speaking in third person, or Donny sharing about who he was loving on, it was obvious that Donnie received favor in the sports world because he was genuine! He was the same guy everywhere talking to me and Beau at 1am near the hotel at the camp or in the weight room of the coliseum talking to the Giants, which he invited me too, he was the same guy.
It has been an absolute privilege to serve the Moore family. Program team, Deans, Directors, whatever you need we are still here to serve the Moore family. I count myself blessed to have been able to have known Donnie, as well as his wife and children. The Milton family loves you all and we pray for peace and comfort for you.
Donnie and I met for lunch just about every Monday for a year. What a fun time of sharing what God had done in our different services and a lot of laughter too!
A wonderful brother with a heart for God and a love for people.
Time spent with Donnie was always a blessing.
I met Donnie and Cindy in 2011 through the Oakland A’s organization. It was a season of change for me…it was a new team and I was soon to be a new mom. Donnie and Cindy welcomed me with open arms and provided strength, friendship, wisdom, courage, guidance, and love over the next 3 yrs. I will never forget and will always cherish our barbecue at your house, the night we crushed burgers, and the night you came to our rental house and did your best to shed light on a negative situation (it took a while but I’ve closed the door).
Thank you Donnie for letting me participate in Faith Day at the Ballpark. For teaching me how to rip a phone book in front of a crowd!
Thank you Donnie for my most cherish Easter Sunday. For welcoming my family to share that beautiful sunrise service with you and your beautiful family up on the hill with nothing but the CROSS and ALL of HIS glory.
Thank you Donnie for sharing your beautiful family with mine. Cindy, there are no words I can share to comfort you…and that makes me sad because you comforted me at all times during my darkest days. You are an angel from heaven.
Thank you Donnie for being a father figure to me. For being a man of faith to me and Grant. I’m gonna hit the weights hard just like “Donnie Freaking Moore” would do. ❤
I love you Donnie and am forever grateful.
In 1996 I was newly saved & knew nothing about the Holy Spirit. My friend Shekina persuaded me to go a camp to see this great speaker named Donnie Moore because she knew it would change my life. We found out a church called ALF was going to Donnie’s camp the next day & we joined them, not knowing anyone else.
Without knowing much about speaking in tongues I made the decision to be prayed over on a Wednesday night. I was completely out in the Spirit for hours without any clue what had transpired.
Over the years I volunteered as a counselor, a super mean dean of women, a Program Staff Director, and now camp director with my husband. I felt it an honor, that even as a single young woman Donnie & Cindy believed in me & my giftings.
It’s been my honor to both serve at camp & become friends with Donnie, Cindy , Brooke, Anna & my husbands kindred spirit, DJ.
I have had many God moments over the last 21 while listening to Donnie Speak. I have also laughed a ton in his presence.
While living in Ensenada as a missionary at the Lords Gym I got to translate for different members of Radical Reality during a crusade. I can recall Donnie focusing all his love upon a huge orphan teenage boy named Felix. I can remember how he mentored him & doted upon this giant orphan boy, lavishing him with God’s pure love. A boy who everyone had abandoned , ignored & frankly was scared of was shown Gods ABBA Father unconditional love through your caring compassionate dad/husband/son. It has stuck with me these 18 years.
I’ve seen Donnie cradle broken & abused girls , pray for orphans, & give hope to the hurting for the last 21 years.
There is a bit of Donnie in all three of his children. Brooke’s heart for her family, the Glass Slippers Girls & her friends reminds me of Donnie’s compassion & love. Anna’s passioniate nature & zeal for life reminds me of Donnie infectious energy that captivated his audience. And DJ, Donnies thinner spitting image, is hilarious & such a showman, reminding me of his fathers uncanny ability to tell a story and make people laugh.
Cindy you have been such a great role model for me as a wife, mother & minister. You were such a great balance for Donnie. I’ve always loved seeing your love for each other & your children.
Mrs Moore, you raised a great man. He spoke of you & your husband with incredible love & fondness.
I am sorry if I went too long. I wanted you all to know our great love & respect for Donnie & your family.
If you would like to laugh please have Joey tell you the story of the hand motion in Mexico that did not mean the same thing there as it does here. Donnie & Joey had lots of laughs about that incident. If he doesn’t remember I’ll tell you someday.
Becky Milton & Milton Crew
My memory of Donnie has nothing to do with the the great minister he was…my memories are late nights playing uno that I would always win :), singing,laughing just being silly and sitting and listening to him read me his newest sermon he just finished writing. One of my favorite memories was during camp one late night after he spoke we spent hours feeding raccoons all the bread and crackers Cindy had in the cabin!!! So many memeories of being apart of bed time prayer time with Cindy and the girls and learning how to one day be a parent myself. I love his family with all my heart… Donnie was more then a great minister he was family to me and I will miss him dearly ❤
Donnie was a friend and leader from the good old UOP days
Wow, first let me say I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Donnie. I can still think back to the time when I first met Donnie. I was a freshman at UOP, and was the quarterback for a powder puff girls football team. Donnie came over and started talking with me and said, “You have got to meet my wife.” This was a God ordained conversation that led to many blessings and friendships in the years to come.
Cindy, we met, and you went on to become my mentor, teacher of the Word, my discipler, prayer partner, Godly example, and dear friend.
I loved to worship and learn with you, Donnie, and Chi Alpha, and I so appreciate the many times and years together.
The last time I saw Donnie was about a year and a half ago. We laughed, reminisced, called Cindy, and talked about us getting together. I was so thankful to see Donnie then, but am saddened to know our journey on earth will not allow for Donnie to be included when we do get together. (Did I really get so busy that so much time has passed?)
I send love, prayers, thankfulness, gratefulness, and encouragement to all of Donnie’s dear family and friends.
Hello Sweet Cindy and your beautiful kiddos – Brooke, Anna, and DJ,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know Donnie as a wonderful man, husband, father, friend, and child of God.
I know he is with the Lord, but in the moments to come, even though you know he is with the Lord, our human side experiences loss, sadness, and grief. I feel for each of you and am praying that your hearts may know God’s deep comfort and love, and that His presence may come upon you moment by moment.
I love you, and am so very thankful the Lord allowed us to meet way back when, and am so grateful for the many years together!
Much love, admiration, and thoughts,