Pastor George is a native of Tampa, Florida, born to James and Mary Powers and is the youngest of 5 children. He lived there until the first grade when he and his family relocated to Roswell, Georgia (22 miles north of Atlanta). He lived there until the middle of seventh grade when once again he and his family moved to Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago) where he graduated from Glenbard East High School. George spent his freshman year in college at Iowa State University in Ames studying Architecture, but after wanting to change his major to business his family had once again relocated to Omaha, NE. He transferred to the University of Nebraska – Omaha where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1984. Immediately upon graduation, George began working full-time with Coca-Cola as a Marketing Manager. In 1986, George became a professional fundraiser when he took a position at United Way of the Midlands as a Division Director. In Omaha, George became very involved in the sports scene, playing as much golf, softball and basketball as he could.
In 1987, George met two someone’s who would change his life forever! One was a young lady by the name of Janet Maynor and the other was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He and Janet began dating in June of 1987 and were engaged in three months. George and Janet were married in September of 1988, so this year they will be celebrating 30 wonderful years of marriage. They began attending and joined Westside Baptist Church in Omaha and began serving the church right away. They both sang in the choir, were an active part of an adult Sunday school class and they began teaching Sunday school in the youth department to 11th graders. George began evangelism training and began attending Monday night outreach faithfully. In 1989, George was ordained as a Deacon at Westside as the Lord began to woo him into a deeper relationship and began to nudge him into eventually being called to full-time ministry. In 1990, George went to work at First Data Resources as a National Account Representative.
It was shortly after this time that George felt the Lord calling him into full-time ministry. He actually went to talk to the Senior Pastor about it and quickly determined that he was woefully unprepared for the calling at the time. In 1994, George and Janet welcomed their only child a son, Jackson into the world. Jackson is now 24 and is attending the University of Mobile. In 1997, George went to work for Hewlett Packard as a Director of Development. During this time George and Janet were busy raising their son, advancing in their careers and serving the Lord. In January of 2005, George’s mother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and a short time later suffered a stroke. She went on to be with the Lord in July of 2005 and George felt the call into full time ministry stronger than ever. He and Janet began to pray about exactly what that would look like and exactly how that might happen. In 2006, George lost his job at HP and Westside Church extended a call into full time ministry as Pastor of Recreation and Young Adults. In his role at Westside, George had responsibility for developing a young adult ministry, developed Upward sports ministry, Men’s Ministry, benevolence ministry, weddings, funerals, counseling and camp activities. God used this position to begin to teach and expose George to the many facets of ministry and provide an environment to learn what full time ministry was all about. In 2009, George began his Master’s program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 2011. His area of responsibilities continued to expand at Westside where he stayed until they relocated to Jacksonville for a new job opportunity for Janet.
Shortly after moving to Ponte Vedra in 2011, Crosswater Church called George to join their staff as Pastor of Assimilation and Adult Ministries. He began fulfilling what was technically an Executive Pastors role having responsibilities for all aspects of the church outside of age graded and worship ministries. George is still very active and enjoys working out with his F3 brothers, playing golf and basketball. He is an avid University of Nebraska fan (Go Huskers!), Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan and of course roots for our hometown Jaguars. He savors a great Nebraska steak and his favorite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake (with ice cream not whipped cream!) He is a candy connoisseur with his favorite being Runts and Mike and Ike’s. Realistically he just likes good food shared with good friends. George feels very humbled and blessed to be called to Palm Valley to serve as Pastor. It comes with great responsibility to lead these faithful people to the throne of God. I am truly thankful to be part of Palm Valley Baptist Church.
February is the month of love. At least that is what we assign to February because Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th. February doesn’t have to be all about romantic love at all! You see you and I are part of the greatest love story ever told! God loves you and I so much He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us. Crazy, yes? Have you ever contemplated that fact so long that you can’t comprehend it any longer?
You see, if we see ourselves as part of the greatest love story ever, it will change who we are. It will change how we treat people. It will change the way we love. You see Valentine’s is not just for lovers, the same as Virginia is not just for lovers…God sends out the most Valentine’s ever, in the form of His grace and mercy. Take time this month to drink that in…that you and I are part of the greatest love story in the history of the world! Take time to tell someone about the love of God in your life! Take time to tell someone that you love them!
I love all of you and so does God!
Andy has been involved in church music since kids choir in his hometown of Milton, Florida. He continued on to be part of the youth choir, church orchestra, and the youth praise band at Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton. He continued his musical career studying Music Education at Troy University. During his undergrad, Andy had the opportunity to serve as Interim Music Director for Southside Baptist Church in Troy, Alabama. Upon graduation, Andy taught band and television production for three years in Columbus, Mississippi. Due to his creative implementation of technology into the curriculum design of his classes, Andy has been recognized by Adobe, Apple, Google, and Microsoft with certifications and awards. Andy now serves at The Bolles School as an Instructional Technology Specialist. While in Columbus, Andy had the opportunity to serve as Worship Leader for Friendship Baptist Church as well as working with the Children's choir at First United Methodist Church of Columbus. In his free time, Andy enjoys playing clarinet and saxophone. He also enjoys photography.
It might sound cliche, but with February being the month that we really celebrate love, it got me thinking. Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or Single Awareness Day, everyone has seen, whether willingly or unwillingly, a romantic movie. All of those movies involve music. Sometimes they involve one person singing to their love interest to proclaim their love. Now, I must say, that takes some guts to do. I have a feeling that you don’t often burst out in song to serenade your significant other to proclaim your undying love. With God, it may still take some guts if you are worshiping through song, but in corporate worship, there should be no fear. We, as the church, are the bride of Christ. Unlike marriages on Earth, the marriage of Christ to the Church will never fail. That means that we should have no fear in singing our praises to Him. Let’s sing of our love and devotion to God together as the Church! Sing not just when we are together, but when we are apart too. Like the Chris Tomlin song says, “I will sing with my last breath. Sing for I know that I’ll sing with the Angels and the Saints around the throne!”
Don’t forget that choir meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30. Come join us as we sing!
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The youth have agreed that we needed a name for our Wednesday night program and the name is "The Bridge" at Palm Valley Baptist church. We are currently revamping the Youth room with "newer furniture" and a fresh look. We are working towards audio and visual upgrades including a ceiling mount projector and more capable audio. The week of October the 3rd will be the "Bridge" at Palm Valley Baptist official kick off.
I'm excited to see what God is capable of and honored to share his message.