Aloma’s director of communications told Florida Baptist Witness George described the past nine weeks as a period of intense prayer and searching. He eventually concluded God was calling him to the Atlanta megachurch where Stanley, who served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been pastor for 42 years.
“The most difficult part of the decision was the mere prospect of saying goodbye to the church family. You have encouraged me, supported me, and loved me for fifteen years,” George told the congregation, according to Chris Monaghan, Aloma’s director of communications.
Elected as the fourth pastor of Aloma Church in June of 1997, George followed the 26-year tenure of Joe Boatwright. He will officially assume his role at First Baptist Atlanta April 22.
A Mississippi native, George moved to Neptune Beach in his teens. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas.
In leaving Florida, George resigns his seat on the Florida Baptist Convention’s State Board of Missions, where he serves as chairman of the Denominational Polity and Practice Committee. He will also resign his service of 12 years in Florida’s seat on the Board of Trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has chaired the Academic Administration Committee for the past four years.
“Assisting Dr. Stanley will be a great privilege,” George told the Witness. “Keeping up with him will be the challenge. His worldwide impact for the Gospel has never been greater, yet he’s trusting God for even more.”
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