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Profiles in Goodwill: Chris George

Chris George is pastor of Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

  1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and spent my childhood in New Orleans, St. Louis and Greenville, South Carolina.

  1. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

John 1:47.

It may be the greatest compliment ever paid.

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“The King’s Speech.”

As a child, I had a speech impediment (unable to pronounce the letter “r”). My life was changed by the work of a patient teacher who saw not just a problem, but a person with potential.

  1. Who are three people you admire?

Jennifer George (my wife), Fred Craddock and Mike Jones (former administrator at Shorter College and assistant editor for Christian Index).

  1. What is one little-known fact about yourself?

I really struggle with names. After getting engaged, I was still unsure how to spell my fiance’s last name: Loniewski. After the birth of my first son, my wife and I debated for two days before finally settling on a name for him: David Michael.