Lacy Irvine Moffett (February 10, 1878 – October 2, 1957) was a Presbyterian missionary minister to China beginning in 1904 and he and his family served until 1940. He was a missionary minister, a self-taught expert on the birds of China, and a photographer.
Lacy Irvine Moffett was born February 10, 1878 in Churchville, Virginia and destined from birth to become a missionary minister. His father, Rev. Alexander Stuart Moffett, was a Presbyterian minister. All of his Moffett ancestors were Scotch-Irish arriving before the American Revolution, seeking the opportunity to worship freely and govern themselves. All were Presbyterians—many were of the strict Covenanter persuasion. Their commitment to the church led them to take on leadership roles, often serving as ministers and elders. The ancestors of Moffett’s mother, Carrie Lena Crawford, also included several prominent Presbyterian ministers.