40 - Beth Moore, A Storyteller and Community Builder

By Kimberly Haley, Upsilon/Union

Author of dozens of bestselling books, reknowned speaker, and founder of Living Proof Ministries.

For Beth Moore it all started in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she was born. Her family later moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas where she was raised, and it was here that her father managed the local cinema where each of her four siblings contributed to the family business. Her time spent watching movies in the theatre instilled in her a deep passion for storytelling.

Beth joined the Chi Omega chapter at Alpha Zeta/Texas State University-San Marcos where she graduated with a degree in political science. She would later receive an honorary doctorate in humanities from Howard Payne University. She married her husband, Keith, in 1978 and soon after had two daughters. As a young wife and mother, Beth began her career by speaking at luncheons and retreats, working at Mother’s Day Out events, and teaching aerobics classes through her church.

Beth Moore, Alpha Zeta/Texas State University-San Marcos

In 1994 Beth founded Living Proof Ministries, and has written numerous books that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations. Beth’s Living Proof Live conferences have taken her across the country, visiting all 50 states.

In 2004 Beth began a radio ministry called Living Proof with Beth Moore. This new platform allowed her to expand her storytelling to an even wider audience. Through her radio show she was able to communicate with more people than ever in the way she was most known for; with great energy, passion, humor, warmth, and grace.

Beth invests a large amount of her time teaching interdenominational groups in the Houston area weekly, offering a space for women of all backgrounds and beliefs to come together for community.

In 2008 Beth was named Chi Omega’s Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement and shared her passion for her work and for Chi Omega with all in attendance. Through her speech she further exemplified what it means to work earnestly, speak kindly, and act sincerely.

Chi Omega was able to catch up with two of Beth’s Alpha Zeta Sisters to chat with them a little bit about Beth’s leadership, drive, and passion for connecting people and creating community.

Susie Driskell Bowers, Alpha Zeta/Texas State University-San Marcos

What line of the Symphony does Beth embody most and why?
The part of the Symphony I think Beth embodies most is, “To live constantly above snobbery of word or deed” because she represents integrity and cares for others well-being.

What was Beth like as a collegian?
We lived down the hall from one another and would impersonate Ike & Tina Turner’s “Rolling on the River. She (Beth) was Ike & I was Tina, and Beth called me Tina for several years! Also, she was good student, she majored in English and loved to write, and she was a Strutter (member of the dance team).

What advice do you think Beth would have for collegiate women?
She would say, “Be true to yourself, love God, and love your Sisters.”

Ginny Jones, Beth’s Little Sister, Alpha Zeta/Texas State University-San Marcos

How does Beth live out the Chi Omega Symphony?
Beth aims to encourage, inspire and equip a generation of women to live out their calling in faith. She serves as a catalyst for women in all walks of life… To me, this is the essence of the Chi Omega Symphony, because she has devoted her life to others, inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves.

What line of the Symphony does Beth embody most and why?
Honestly, Beth is a woman who practices what she preaches – literally. She opens her doors to the public every Tuesday morning for an hour just to pray with and for anyone who wants to come by. She is the epitome of “living constantly above snobbery of word or deed.” She truly lives above reproach and makes herself approachable.

What was Beth like as a collegian?
She was respected. She inspired us all to be better as women and as Christians. She was and still is a fierce friend – the best Chi O big sister while in college and continued to love me in the years after, including my darkest hour in the years following my son’s death. She came and stayed with me for days and was willing to do whatever was necessary to help me survive that time. She was a huge comfort to me.

How does Beth incorporate Chi Omega into her life still today?
She’s a loyal and faithful friend to her Sisters.

What advice do you think Beth would have for collegian women?
I think she would remind them that these years matter. The decisions you make and the relationships you develop during your time in college can and will have a significant and lasting impact on your life. Don’t take these years for granted.

While Chi Omega was founded on Hellenic Culture and Christian ideals, we welcome and value Sisters from all backgrounds and beliefs who come together to form a Sisterhood of shared values.