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.
Well…as sweat is dripping off my brow, we made it to June! Maybe the weather will start getting cooler…probably not! May was a very active month for our church and the summer will be as well. We will celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day on the same weekend this month, so make sure you are planning for that. We also have a fifth Sunday coming up. We will do something different this time and we are planning a game night so be planning now to attend!
Janet and I will begin to make visits to our Palm Valley congregation this summer, so we look forward to seeing all of you and getting to know you better! We need volunteers in the nursery on Sunday’s during service. We need to have two people in the nursery so we need everyone’s help, all the men of the church are invited as well! You can sign up on the signup sheet outside of the nursery or talk to Holly Hamrick.
Thinking about Father’s Day has me thinking about my dad. He had a framed poem in his office and then later at home that always spoke to me. I would like to share with all of you, because I believe this is the mode we are in here at Palm Valley. What we do here is so vitally important in God’s economy! I am so proud of the way our church steps up to take care of their own and so much more! Well done good and faithful servants!
Here’s the poem, I pray it speaks to you! Stay cool and hydrated in the heat!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and its turns, as every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about when they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow, you may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than; It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down, how close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out the silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are; it may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, it's when things seem worst that you must not quit!
Blessings to All,
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.
Wow… It is already summer! I realize that means that some people will be traveling, but the choir will continue to meet on Wednesday Nights at 6:30. Come sing with us!
I hope that you enjoyed some of the new songs in the Month of May. My goal is to never allow our worship to become stagnant. If you don’t know a hymn or praise song that we are singing, it is okay. You are always welcome to listen and join in when you are comfortable. As soon as you are ready, make some joyful noise!
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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.