On Sunday, March 17, 2013, the members of Smoke Rise Baptist Church, 5901 Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain, elected their new pastor, Rev. Chris George.He will be installed September 22.
Rev. George is a graduate of Samford University where he was honored as the "Most Outstanding Male Graduate" and Harvard University where he earned a Master of Theological Studies degree. In addition to these degrees, Pastor Chris has completed coursework at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama and Pastor Care Studies at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, England. He has ten years of ministerial experience and has served congregations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
“Smoke Rise Baptist Church is a congregation of caring people committed to proclaiming God's truth, to sharing God's grace, to partnering in God's work, and to embodying God's love in our community and around the world. As Pastor, I am honored to serve this community of believers dedicated to following in the footsteps of Jesus,” said Rev. George.
Rev. George, his wife, Jennifer, and their sons, David and Evan formerly lived in Mobile where Chris was serving as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Mobile.
Rev. Ernie Forrester, Smoke Rise Baptist Church’s Associate Pastor, said, “Chris and Jen are young, energetic, enthusiastic, and seem to be totally in-tune to the people in our congregation and community. Chris has already indicated an understanding of the great opportunities, challenges, and possibilities of shining God’s light into our world beginning right where we are. He is a person of great compassion, goodness, and intentionality. I can’t wait to see where we go from here!”
Rev. George’s first Sunday as senior pastor will be April 21, 2013. Smoke Rise Baptist welcomes him and would love to welcome you as well.