Rev. Dr. Gary George is assistant to the bishop. Prior to being appointed to this role in 2006, he served on the Cabinet as superintendent, first of the Steubenville District (1999-2005) and then of the Tuscarawas District (2005-2006). During his final year as a superintendent he was elected dean of the Cabinet.
George received his first East Ohio Conference appointment in 1980 serving the Dellroy/Leavittsville charge. He was later appointed to Canton Dueber UMC (Associate Pastor), Canton Mt. Zion UMC, and Newcomerstown Christ UMC.
George has long been active across The United Methodist Church. He is currently a member of both the Commission on General Conference and the North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy. His past denominational service includes being a member of the WesPath board of directors, and serving on the Church Systems Task Force established by the 2008 General Conference.
In the East Ohio Conference, George has served as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Church and Society, the Board of Pensions, the Council on Finance and Administration, the Council on Ministry, the Episcopacy Committee, as a Cabinet liaison to the Board of Laity, and on several other conference boards and agencies. He is a member of the board of directors of the East Ohio United Methodist Foundation.
In 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 George served as an elected delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences – serving as chair of the delegation in 2004 and 2012.
George is a graduate of Asbury University, of Ashland Theological Seminary and of Asbury Theological Seminary – where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree. During college and seminary, he served as a youth pastor at two United Methodist churches.
An active member of his community, George has been a service volunteer, was active as a member of Rotary International, coached youth sports teams, been involved in scouting, and been part of mission teams that served in the United States and internationally. His personal mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to encourage and empower others in this mission. George was born in Dover, OH.
He is married to Lorraine, who is employed as a high school mathematics teacher. Their family includes two sons and their wives and four grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Gary George
Assistant to the Bishop
Executive Secretary to the Bishop’s Office
Board of Ministry
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