Michael Dean Moore (Pastor Mike)

At Large

Few people know Mike by his full name. Rather, he’s more widely recognized by the name “Pastor Mike.” After graduating from Carson High School, Mike attended Long Beach Bible School. He went on to work for Standard Brand Paints and Cobbs Door Co. before exploring his passion of working as a self-employed musician. In 1987, Pastor Mike, his wife, Grace, and their three daughters, moved to Manteca and established Crossroads Grace Community Church. The first 17 members met in a home. Later, they met at Manteca High School. Thirty years later, the church is now located at a large and beautiful worship center on Moffat Boulevard. Mike’s heart was in outreach. He was an active leader in the Manteca Ministerial Association, and was instrumental in the formation of the Hope Family Shelter in 1989. The church also ran a mobile medical station for years, going out into the community to reach those finding it difficult to see a doctor. Under Mike’s leadership, the church started the Second Saturday Program – now 11 years old. Once a month, the church members go out into the community to work on various projects, including the City’s Tidewater bike trail, paint fire hydrants, pick up trash or visit the elderly in rest homes. Pastor Mike retired in February 2016, and now resides in Pismo Beach – not far from where he was raised as a child. As one longtime friend and church member stated “You don’t know just how important a person is until they’re gone.” Although “Pastor Mike” may be physically gone from Manteca, his legacy continues and, thus, qualifies him to be inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame. .