Henry R. Moeller

February 28, 1920March 4, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Henry R. Moeller departed this life for his eternal home on March 4, 2019, at the Stratford Commons Memory Care facility in Overland Park, Kansas. He passed peacefully in his sleep.

Left to mourn his passing are his 5 children: Rachel Moeller Anglen (Gary – deceased) of Tampa, Fl; Timothy Moeller (Kathy) of Bettendorf, IA; Nathan Moeller (Elly) of Overland Park, KS; Joy Moeller of Minneapolis, MN; and Hope Moeller Yamagata (Todd) of Bel Air, MD. He is also survived by five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife Esther, his parents, older sisters Doris Snowden, Ruth Cope, Leone Yeates Daly and Helen Jones, and older brother C. Harry Moeller.

Henry Richard Moeller was born to Henry Christian Moeller and Rosabelle Stover in Lancaster, SC on Feb. 28, 1920. The family moved several times during Henry’s early life – Malvern, AR; Kankakee, IL; Montgomery, AL – before settling near the Moeller ‘home place’ in Somers, IA outside of Fort Dodge, IA in October of 1930. In March 1937 the family moved to a farm near Swaledale, IA where Henry graduated from Swaledale High School that same year and decided to pursue a life of Christian service. A significant influence in that decision was Rev.Vernon McCauley, pastor of the Swaledale Baptist church.

Henry began college in 1938-39 but college was interrupted first by financial hardship and later, by induction into the U.S. Army in late August, 1944. He was trained as a Signal Corps cryptographic technician, and served in west China (1945-46), and Manila, Philippine Islands (1946-1947). Henry married Esther McCauley on July 16, 1946 in Henry, IL while he was home on a furlough. After Henry was discharged from the Army in August, 1947, he resumed his college education at Bryan College. Henry graduated in the spring of 1949, about a month after the birth of their first child, Rachel.

Henry and Esther moved to Kansas City, Kansas in the fall of 1949 where Henry entered Central Baptist Theological Seminary in the winter quarter of the 1949-50 school year. Henry earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree, a Master of Theology degree and a Doctor of Theology degree. The Seminary made Henry an instructor in elementary New Testament Greek, then Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages. After earning the Doctor of Theology degree, in 1958, he was made Associate Professor of Biblical Languages a position he held until formal retirement in May, 1988; but continued as an adjunct instructor in elementary biblical languages until May of 1999.

Henry was the author of “The Legacy of Zion: Intertestamental Texts Related to the New Testament” a reader for seminary students. He worked on “The New Testament from 26 Translations” and “The Word – The Bible from 26 Translations”, both comparative study bibles. Henry engaged as a member of the translation team working from original Hebrew and Greek texts to produce “The New American Standard Bible” under the auspices of the Lockman Foundation. Henry was an active supporter of the Wycliffe Bible Translators and American Bible Society.

Henry and Esther, were members of the Armourdale Baptist Church 1950-63, and Henry served as a deacon in the last several years. He was also ordained to the Baptist ministry here, after attaining the Bachelor of Divinity degree, in 1953, from the Seminary. In January of 1964, Henry and Esther became members of the Grandview Baptist Church, in which Henry also served as a deacon for a number of years.

Henry served as Assistant Scout Master to Troop 218 sponsored by Grandview Baptist Church and was active in the Kaw Council of the Boy Scouts USA. For a number of years he served as a First Aid instructor with the Wyandotte County Chapter of the Red Cross.

After Esther’s death in November 2015, Henry succumbed to senile dementia which had been advancing even during Esther’s declining years and was finally placed in memory care at Stratford Commons Memory Care Community of Overland Park, KS in August 2017. Henry settled into the community and became a favorite among the staff and other residents, especially for his musical talent on the harmonica. He will be missed.


6 April

Gathering of Family and Friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chapel Hill - Butler Funeral Home

701 North 94th Street
Kansas City, KS 66112

6 April

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Chapel Hill - Butler Funeral Home

701 North 94th Street
Kansas City, KS 66112


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Ross Stroud

March 12, 2019

My condolences to the family. Henry was my great uncle on my mother's side. He was my grandmother Leone Yeates Daly's youngest brother. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but my mother told me a lot about him. I think he was her favorite uncle. We did correspond once and exchanged Christmas cards. I am sorry I never got to meet him, but I will meet him in heaven. God bless and comfort all of the Moeller family.

Jerrod Hugenot

March 9, 2019

I was among the last Greek students of Dr Moeller, as he served CBTS in retirement for another eleven years. Dr Moeller offered rigorous classes. He was also very kind and willing to take longer periods of class time to explain concepts when our collective befuddlement was evident.

During the Spring 2001 semester, my wife and I attended Spurgeon’s College in London. We visited the SPCK Bookshop, then in a repurposed church. While up on a ladder looking at some second hand books, I noticed just in the nick of time that a book just above had come dislodged and falling toward me. I caught it and was rather surprised that the book was “The Legacy of Zion” by Dr Moeller. When I returned to campus in the summer, I shared that with him. He was tremendously amused.

RIP. Well done, good and faithful servant!

John Landgraf

March 9, 2019

Henry was a quiet constant in my life from early 1987 to mid-1992. I found him always supportive, sometimes surprisingly so like when he spoke up in a faculty meeting on behalf of CBTS’s hiring its first ever female core faculty member. He was as Christlike as anyone I’ve ever known — at once humble and self-confident, accessible and caring. He loved his work, he loved his Esther, he loved his students. And above all else he was unfailingly faithful to his Lord.

Christi Malcomson

March 8, 2019

When I was young, Henry's daughter, Joy, was my best friend. So Henry was like another dad, but a stricter one. Truth be told, he kind of scared me. Not because he was a scary guy but because he was so good. I figured I would never measure up! He and Esther always made me feel like one of their own. Whether I was trying to talk Joy into mischief (or likelier the other way around), getting Nathan to play with my brother so I didn't have to, or trying to work around Rachel (the babysitter). It was a special time for me to live in this island of safety and fellowship that Central was to our family. The welcoming arms of the Moeller's will always be a special part of those memories. May Henry, and Esther, both rest in peace and may their family know that they both were much loved and admired.

Jeremy Spencer

March 8, 2019

8 March 2019


I was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Henry R. Moeller. One of my favorite memories of him came when I was a student at Central Seminary from 1980 to 1983. I was working on the weekend at the First Baptist Church of Atchison, KS. During the latter part of my time there, Dr. Moeller came to see me at the church during a Sunday morning service when I would be preaching. Of course, I was nervous to be preaching, not only for the congregation, but also for a Seminary professor, and one I didn't know as well as I did other faculty members. After the service, I met with Dr. Moeller in the Senior Pastor's office. I guess that I expected a gentle critique, but--to my surprise--Dr. Moeller said that the sermon was good and "better than he would have done." He wouldn't have had to say that, but, wow, I felt encouraged! He made me feel good on that occasion, and I've retained that gracious memory through thirty-two years of full-time ministry.

My best wishes to Dr. Moeller's family, friends, and loved ones. In the words of a hymn..."till we meet at Jesus' feet."

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Jeremy Spencer, CBTS, class of 1983

Charles Layne

March 8, 2019

Two memories stand out for me. His Greek class in fall 1983 must have been larger than normal, and he casually mentioned that perhaps not all of us needed to take the class that year. I don't think any of us took the "hint," and we stubbornly hung on to finish Greek 1 & 2. I also vividly remember that Dr. Moeller was adamant that the Greek word "omega" is pronounced "aw-mega," not "oh-mega." To this day, I am still the odd one out whenever singing a song that contains "alpha and omega." As one of his many students throughout his years of ministry and teaching, I offer the best testimony about that I can think of: Dr. Henry Moeller helped me grow in my knowledge, love, and service to and for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

David Wheeler

March 7, 2019

I came to Central Seminary to teach theology in 1985 and was there through 1999. Henry was still full-time faculty when I arrived, and Esther managed the CBTS credit union. Henry was unfailingly friendly and positive, though not always appreciative of my sometimes warped sense of humor. Already in his sixties, he would still take the steps up to the third floor faculty offices two at a time! Once, when I saw him going into the elevator, it was as if I had caught him in a misdeed. As careful and disciplined as he was, he had a heart for some of our more challenging students. One of those students often said to me, "Henry Moeller is a good man."

Roxie Tush Byrne

March 7, 2019

Our sympathy to the family of Henry. We remember RACHEL and Henry and Esther from our years growing up at Armourdale Baptist Church. What an accomplished man Henry was. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Roxie Tush Byrne, Connie Gentry Baker And Carol Gentry.