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.
I know it seems like I say this every month, but I cannot believe another month is over and we are entering September! This is scary, however, there are only 16 Sundays until Christmas…with that being said, we are in full swing with fall activities here at Palm Valley. As a reminder, the best way for folks to encounter our church is through an invitation from you. This month, we will begin a quest to reach the communities around the church with prayer walks and activities to let folks know who and where we are. The WMU has begun a blue pig fundraiser to benefit Caberet Orphanage in Haiti, so bring all of your loose change and let’s fill those pigs to capacity.
We will begin the month with nametag Sunday on the 2nd and end the month as our fellowship hall will get a fresh coat of paint on the 29th as we will be blessed by the Carefest project of St. John’s County. There will also be a Fifth Sunday Celebration on the 30th, so be planning what you would like to share and make plans to join in the fun and fellowship! God has ordained this church with a purpose right where we are, but we cannot do this without each one of you! Jump in and join in the fun of serving the Lord with your brothers and sisters in Christ at Palm Valley. As always, I am honored to be the Pastor of this great church!
Keep keeping on for Jesus!
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.
Choir has started back on Wednesday Nights at 6:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary! Come out and join us as we gather and sing praises to our God.
For those who are not in the choir, or do not feel that they can sing: Psalms 100 tells us to make a “joyful” noise. The sound that is heard and perceived by the human brain is irrelevant. In fact, the very definition of the word noise is dependent on someone’s perception of the sound. Your heart and your intentions are what matters when it comes to worship through song. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to co-lead a worship service while on a mission trip in Costa Rica. The leader of the church in the village led the Guaymi natives in their native tongue. None of these villagers were professional musicians, nor was that their concern. They worshiped at the top of their lungs. They praised God and gave it their all. I hope and pray that we, as a congregation, might reach that point. I want us to engage in truly authentic worship.