Rev. Sandy Moore co-founded the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County as Center for Universal Truth in May of 1999 with her husband, Rev. Kirk, who is the Center’s music director.
Sandy Moore’s faith has long been rooted in new thought/ancient wisdom philosophy. That foundation helped her not only survive but triumph over the most excruciating pain a woman can experience – the loss of a child. Her journey to the ministry began in 1992 after the tragic, sudden death of her teenage daughter, Tara, in a car accident.
Following Tara’s death, the Moores uncovered a fascination that Tara had for angels. Grief-stricken and searching for answers, the couple opened an angel store called Tara’s Angels, in San Juan Capistrano, as a way of honoring their beloved child. The specialty shop and the Moore’s story was widely covered by both local and national media, including a cover story in People Magazine and an in-depth piece on the TV news magazine, Dateline.
Tara’s Angels soon attracted people from all over the world. Many people came to share their own grief and talk about the loss of a loved one. There were so many people that Sandy started facilitating a regular support group at the store. With encouragement from her husband and members of the support group, Sandy completed her ministerial training and the Moores founded The Center for Universal Truth in Mission Viejo on Mother’s Day in May 1999.
In January 2002, the Center relocated to a larger church home in San Juan Capistrano to accommodate its rapidly growing membership. The Moores also made the decision to close Tara’s Angels so they could focus more on their growing church ministry. In 2007, the name was changed to Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County and again in 2008 to InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living-Orange County.
Prior to becoming a minister, Rev. Sandy was an elementary school teacher for 20 years. Part of her vision for the church is to establish a private school for children which embodies the philosophies of new thought, building self esteem and reaffirming that there is unlimited good in the Universe.