Rev. Christy Moore
Founder & CEO
Christy is the Founder of StoneSoup Community Venture, the 501(c)(3) identity under which Opportunity Tulsa exists. Since founding StoneSoup in 2011, Christy has consistently advocated for and worked on food justice issues throughout the community. Creating pathways for diverse populations to have access to fresh, healthy food through venues that would level the economic playing field was central to this work. Tulsa’s Table emerged in 2014 as a program of StoneSoup, to offer pay-what-you-can dining in Tulsa. This model provided a dignified approach to public dining for food insecure individuals through anonymous payment methods. Including young people as paid interns in the Tulsa’s Table kitchen operations offered multiple opportunities to increase their food security, job skills and economic situation. With an understanding that good paying jobs are essential to seeing youth thrive, but open doors to those jobs are not always evident or available, Opportunity Tulsa, StoneSoup’s newest program, is now positioned to provide valuable job skill training coupled with employer connections.
Christy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Gerontology and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. She has worked across the lifespan and among diverse populations through Big Brothers & Sisters, Parents as Teachers, Life Senior Services, and Tulsa Community College. As the Founding Director, Christy applies and utilizes her many years of experience in the social service and nonprofit sector that spanned these diverse ages and populations. Her theological training serves as a lens through which she understands the dynamics of the human condition and the necessity for social justice.
Christy is committed to community-based approaches, asset driven principles, trauma informed systems and the work of ending systemic poverty. She is trained with Search Institute on their 40 Developmental Assets and Developmental Relationships model and has attended training on Youth Program Quality evaluation through the Weikart Center. She has earned the Nonprofit Management Certificate from The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits as well as attended their Standards for Excellence training. Christy is an ordained minister in good standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma and attends recuring training in Ethics and Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciliation practices. She participates in regular organizational and leadership training as a member of Catalyst Kitchens. In order to stay abreast of current trauma and resiliency research, Christy connects to up-to-date information through Raising Resilient Oklahomans, ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection groups and attends a wide array of in person and virtual conferences on the topic. And, because the larger picture is important, she participates in learning about youth investment work through workshop conversations facilitated by the Readiness Project, supported by The Forum for Youth Investment, the National Urban League, and the American Institutes for Research. Christy serves on the board of the Human Community Network, an Oklahoma nonprofit dedicated to seeking systemic and institutional transformation. She is also a member of the Tulsa Food Security Council, having served on the Faith and Leadership Team level.
Christy lives in Tulsa with her husband Mike, her two dogs, Seymour and Poppy and a cat named Callie. Her extended family consists of two sons and their families, including 4 grandchildren that consistently reveal the wonder of life and provide insight on the ever-changing world in which we live. Christy enjoys back yard gardening, sourdough bread baking, reading, knitting, bicycling and long walks along a trail or at the shore. Her passion for this work springs from her own lived experience with challenging circumstances and barriers as a teen and a desire to reduce or remove them for youth today.