It was 2007 when George made the transition back to “home” – the great city of Calgary! George attended High School here in Calgary (James Fowler High School) and both his and Deborah’s families still live in the area. George and Deborah grew up here in Alberta, meet at Bible College and married on a perfect summer afternoon in 1988. Their family consists of three children (including a son who is married to a wonderful girl), a grand daughter, two dogs, geckos, birds and fish. There are times when their home feels like a pet store.
George’s personal interests are quite varied: Yard work – evidenced by annual changes to the yard; Photography – you are welcome to follow George on Instagram (@geogallery and @gsridleypix); Woodworking – particularly furniture; and Restoration of a 1949 Fargo pick up – a project of almost 25 years!
Since completing college George’s journey spans more than three decades in full time ministry as well completing a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management.
George’s desire is that South Calgary continue to be: (1) A strong church family where each person is valued and loved; (2) A church where people are pointed towards Jesus; and (3) A church where people experience spiritual, emotional and physical healing.
George’s preaching is strongly Biblical, he provides solid leadership with a team approach, and loves a relational approach to ministry (preferably with a cup of coffee in hand!).
In addition to having a passion for the local church, George has a passion for the broader church community and has served in provincial and international leadership roles with the North American Baptist.