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.
Spring is just around the corner and just as spring brings new things, there are new things happening here at Palm Valley Baptist Church. The Players Championship has fallen back to its original schedule prior to 2007 and will take place in March of this year. For those that have not heard, I was asked to deliver the message at the chapel service at The Players on the final day of the tournament, March 17th. The service starts at 7:00am and you are all invited to attend! It will be held outside between the clubhouse and 18th green, where the tournament trophy is displayed later in the day. You need a ticket to get in the gate and I will have some to give out and I want to ensure you are going to come. You will be able to use the ticket to enter the tournament that day as well! It is a great honor to represent our church in this way and I would like as many of you to come so everyone can see what a great church we have. I will give more information about tickets in the days ahead.
We also have 5th Sunday this month and are looking to do something different this time around. Something different would be for everyone to make an effort to come and be part of a great church fellowship! Maybe we will auction off all the items leftover from the garage sale on the 30th…make plans to attend, more details to follow!
Continue to tell people about the great things happening here at PVBC! Thanks for being faithful and making it a joy to pastor this great church!
Love and blessings,
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.
As we grow closer to Easter, we should view this as a time of celebration. During choir practice, we have talked about the difference between smiling while you sing and not smiling. Did you know that you can actually hear the difference? It is interesting, as I look across the congregation on Sunday mornings, that you can tell the difference between the people who come into worship excited to be a part versus those who are just there. Our attitude directly influences our worship. Let our time of worship be a refreshment to you. I know this sounds cliché, but be happy! Let’s make a joyful noise!
Don’t forget that choir meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30. Come join us as we prepare for Easter.
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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.