The John Hus Alumni Award
2018 Recipient Moufid H. Khoury ’93 MDIV & MATS
Moufid Khoury ’93 was born into a family of Lebanese pastors reaching back five generations, nurtured by the 19th century Presbyterian mission school movement. Knowing the love of God and the challenge of living that love in the midst of conflict and violence, Moufid and his wife Afifi, a Masters-level nurse, have made their ministry one of healing.
Moufid’s father encouraged him to try a vocation other than the family business of ministry. For 15 years he worked in construction in Saudi Arabia. Violence and persecution of Christians caused him and his growing family to flee. In 1989, he and Afifi immigrated to Allentown, where her parents lived, and they opened a franchise of Swanson frozen food in the Lehigh Valley Mall. Then, a call to ministry started knocking on the door of Moufid’s heart, leading to a phone book search and Moravian Theological Seminary.
Twenty years ago, Moufid began his ministry at First Presbyterian, Allentown, as a volunteer working with Middle Eastern refugees to address the dual needs of faith and citizenship. Today, a Commissioned Lay Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Moufid is the Director of Arabic Mission and Ministry, conducting worship and helping new immigrants settle in the Lehigh Valley. He uses his bilingual skills to help immigrants work through the 1-3-year application process for asylum and citizenship. He walks beside them, telling their stories to authorities as trusted translator and/or witness on their behalf. His motivation? To “prove the love of God.” In the midst of these challenging times when persons of Middle Eastern descent are held in suspicion, Moufid lifts up as his rallying cry, Galatians 3:28: “since we believe there is no Jew, no Greek, no slave or free, no male and female; we are all one in Christ Jesus. Let us show the love of God to our fellow human beings.”
Moufid and Afifi are the proud parents of three adult sons: John Moufid, Salah Matthew, and Kareem Andrew. Their names illustrate Moufid and Afifi’s long-standing commitment to live as Christian disciples in a conflicted, diverse world; a world, they believe, God so loved in all its many lands and languages.
Education: BA, American University of Beirut; MDiv & MATS, Moravian Theological Seminary