Palm Valley Baptist Church names new pastor


Palm Valley Baptist Church has named Rev. George Powers as its new pastor starting Sunday, June 3.

Pastor Search Committee leader Russ Hamrick said each committee member was convinced that Powers would be the church's next spiritual leader. Powers preached at the church on Sunday, April 29, and the congregation subsequently voted unanimously to appoint him as pastor.

Powers was licensed and ordained into full-time ministry in 2006 by Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska, where he held several roles including men's ministry, young adult and recreation pastor. In May 2011, Powers received his master’s degree in Christian education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. In August 2011, Powers and his family relocated to Ponte Vedra, where he served as adult and assimilation pastor at Crosswater Church. His responsibilities included adult discipleship, administrative and teaching duties and more. Powers previously spent 22 years in the corporate world with companies such as Coca-Cola, First Data Resources and Hewlett-Packard.

A Tampa native, Powers brings with him a love of the scriptures and the belief that everyone can be reached with the Gospel of Jesus. The reverend has been married to his wife Janet for 29 years, and they have one son, Jackson, who attends the University of Mobile. During his free time, Powers enjoys basketball, running, golf and his F3 fitness regimen.

A community-wide welcoming event will be held on Sunday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m. for Powers and his family at the church to celebrate the occasion.

For more information, contact Russ Hamrick at or visit Palm Valley Baptist Church is located at 4890 Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra.