Jim and Elizabeth George came to MBC in 2000. Very soon after, we realized what an immense blessing it was to have them at our church and began to rely heavily on his leadership. He became the "Elder of Elders" here, always advising, contributing, teaching, and giving to our ministries. On Tuesday, July 18, Jim went to be in the presence of his Lord. Jim was doing what he loved most - walking the Ko'Olina lagoons with Liz, watching the sun rise.
The memorial service will be held at the Makakilo Bible Church on Saturday, July 29, at 2:00pm, followed by some joyful fellowship as we swap stories of Jim and what an impact he had on all our lives.
The worship service will be streamed here on our YouTube channel for those unable to attend.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Jim's honor to the Makakilo Bible Church. Correspondence and condolences can be sent to the church or posted on the George's Ministry FaceBook page.
James Monroe “Jim” George was born in Columbus, Kansas to Preston and Lois (Osgood) George on May 14, 1943. He married Elizabeth Ann White on June 1, 1965, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1966 with a Bachelor's of Pharmacy. He enlisted in the Army as a Reserve Medical Corpsman, and was commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves upon completion of Officer Training.
He began working as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for the Eli Lily Company, which led Jim and Elizabeth to Southern California and Grace Community Church. Growing rapidly in the faith, Jim was called to the ministry, and he enrolled in the Talbot School of Theology, where he received a Master's of Divinity and Master's of Theology. He joined the staff of Grace Community Church as a staff pastor in 1975, beginning a lifetime of pastoral ministry.
He was called to missions, and moved with his family to pastor a church in Singapore for one full year in 1977, rejoining the staff of Grace Community Church upon their return. He led multiple ministry efforts at Grace, but was passionate about evangelism and discipleship, leading numerous Bible studies and mentoring countless young men and couples over the years. He was a founding member of the faculty of The Master's Seminary, serving as the Dean of Admissions until he retired from Grace Community Church.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, Jim volunteered as a pharmacist for the Veterans Association Hospital, and kept his pharmacy license current. He was called to active duty in Germany during Operation Joint Endeavor during the Kosovo crisis, and retired as an Army Major at the end of 1999. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal (2 awards), The Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Medical M Device, and was a qualified sharpshooter.
In 2000, Jim and Liz left California, and moved to Belfair, Washington where he began his career as an author and speaker, publishing his first book, A Man After God’s Own Heart, in 2002. He and Elizabeth traveled the world speaking and sharing the gospel, and together published over 200 books, Bible studies, and Bible reference materials that have been translated in over 15 languages. Writing under his own name, he was a two-time Gold Medallion Book Award finalist, and eventually published over 25 books of practical Biblical wisdom.
He joined the staff of Makakilo Bible Church in Kapolei, Hawaii in 2010, and served as a staff pastor and Elder until his passing. Jim is preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Katherine Zaengle, and is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth, daughter Courtney, sons-in-law Paul Zaengle and Paul Seitz, and grandchildren Taylor Zaengle, Jacob Seitz, Katherine Seitz, Matthew Zaengle, Isaac Seitz, Grace Seitz, Ryan Zaengle, and Lilyanna Seitz.