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.
November is here and so we move into the time of year with holidays and opportunities galore to be with family and friends. This includes our church family and friends here at Palm Valley! We start off the month with High Attendance Sunday and end the month with Thanksgiving Dinner and then ushering in the month of December. There are many things to get involved with here at church from Operation Christmas Child to helping with the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Forum. Just pick one or two and jump right in!!!
Janet and I are very honored and appreciative of all of the gifts and well wishes from all of you for Pastor Appreciation Month. Your thoughtfulness and generosity make us feel very loved! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We love the family of Palm Valley Baptist Church.
Keep your eyes turned toward Jesus, He is the answer!
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 Practice normally happens on Wednesday Nights at 6:30. Come Join us in the Sanctuary for a fun time learning music to worship our Lord. This month, we will not have choir practice on November 7th for the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Forum, nor will we have choir practice on November 21st due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
A thought about music: Conducting is a form of musical leadership in which the conductor visually demonstrates what they want to hear from a group. In choir, the goal is to create a unified sound. A conductor gives the instructions through rehearsal and conducting to create that sound. Some of you have may notice that I do not follow the traditional conducting of the congregation. I am not going to direct how I want you to sing. I want your worship to be authentically yours. By conducting, it paints a picture on inauthentic worship and that is not our goal. I ask that you join us during our worship through song, but let it be your worship. Let our worship be more than just a song, but truly come from the heart.
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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.