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Bringing people together at church
In the pulpit
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Instead of rushing to the clubs on Saturday night, Jan. 27, young people were hurrying to get a seat at Unity Church of God in Jesup. It was a packed house, filled with young, middle age, old, white and black. More than 1,000 people attended the service, which featured international evangelist Perry Stone.
“Unity Church of God was the first multicultural Church in Jesup,” Pastor George Moxley said.
He is the pastor and founder of Unity.
“We started with 60 members eight years ago and have grown to 800 members. Our first location was a store-front facility in which we shared space with a local-access cable television station.”
Since its beginning, the church has grown rapidly. In 2006, members moved into the current building. The sanctuary seats 1,000, and when growth demands it, a balcony will be opened, expanding capacity to 1,500.
Moxley has been in the ministry for 16 years. Prior to establishing Unity, he served as pastor at Waresboro Church of God in Waycross and Lighthouse Church of God in St. Marys.
Unity has a 70-voice choir. Some of the ministries include the Youth, Forever Young (60 and older), Free Heart Drug Rehabilitation, food bank, and clothing.
“We have a Grease, Groom, and Grub Day once a year. The men change the car fluids for single moms, spouses whose husbands are deployed, and retirees. The children clean the cars. And the women cook the food.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the church had morning services at Wayne County High School. Moxley said 10 people gave their life to Christ.
On Sunday evening, the church had a Super Bowl party at the school. About 300 people attended.
“We watched the Super Bowl, had praise and worship at half time, and I preached a sermon entitled, ‘Bears and Colts.’ I am a very practical person. I preach on the level that every one can understand. We are the church for whosoever. It is amazing what God can do if you allow Him. His advice to pastors is to ‘love all, study hard and be prayed up.’”
Unity has members from Liberty, Wayne, Appling, Long, Brantley, Glynn and Pierce counties. The church also has two military personnel in Iraq.
“One of my military members in Iraq requested we send 200 Bibles,” Moxley said, noting he has had many memorable moments during his time in ministry.
One of them was when he baptized his children. Another occurred when he preached at the state Capitol in Atlanta before the House of Representatives.
“I preached for 15 minutes on the subject, ‘Jesus — Our Answer in Troubled Times.’
“I was a nuclear power electrician at Plant Hatch in Baxley when God called me to preach,” Moxley said.
He has preached in Spain, Ireland, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
“I am scheduled to go to South Africa this fall,” he said.
In addition to his busy schedule as a pastor, Moxley serves as chairman of the State Evangelism Board for the Church of God, vice president of the Ministerial Association for Wayne County and is a member of the International Youth Board for Church of God.
Pastor Moxley and his wife Debbie were born and raised in Jesup.
“The same doctor delivered us,” he said.
They have been married for 24 years and have two children, Travis and Kacee.
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