Pastor, Author, Speaker
George has survived multiple suicide attempts, abuse, trauma and is in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs. George has walked with friends through the suicide of loved ones, lost family members and friends to drug overdose (both intentional and accidental) and witnessed many others lose everything to addictions they could not get under control.
In 2010, George moved into a poverty-stricken urban area of Tampa, Florida. There he has become friends with the less fortunate, and those against whom most people hold prejudice, not realizing these people never had a chance.
George understands the broken, the addicted, and the "lost" because he was one of them. Still remembering the thoughts he had first checking into a detox center: "People shouldn’t feel so alone, ridiculed, and judged." Over the years, witnessing toxic help from both the Christian and secular communities—money wasted, lives lost, and damage done to the ones they were trying to help. Those struggling with addiction, mental health stuck in poverty, brokenness, disconnected from any form of hope lost in this cycle of desperation and despair all because the ones trying to help were lost themselves.
Considered an expert in the addiction treatment and recovery field due to the thousands of people he has worked with over all these years. George is also a person in long term recovery, beginning his personal journey in 2006. In 2007 he jumped right in and began working in the recovery field.
In 2009 during a 6-month span George lost both sister and brother to drug overdose. These traumatic events led George to the realization that he had to do more for those struggling with addiction and mental illness. Led by the Holy Spirit he went ahead and founded a non-profit, “The Timothy Initiative” a faith-based ministry/open ended program that works with men in addiction.
Since 2010 The Initiative has helped hundreds of men not just find sobriety but radical transformation! The Initiative is best known for its “community” method of recovery during the “program phase” which has led to an incredible percentage of men that find long term sobriety. Typically, 80 percent of the men make it to 2-3 years sober.
During this same time, George built a successful non-profit construction business that exist to teach men responsibility, and the dignity that comes from a hard day’s work. During this time the individual is learning a valuable trade that will enable him to take care of himself, provide for a family and to be a productive member of society.
In 2017 George oversaw the successful development of Timothy Initiative Recovery Homes, sober living homes that the men work and pay rent from day one, in an environment that is recovery based, safe and provides opportunities to know Jesus and to become part of the larger Initiative Community if the individual desires.
From 2017-2020 George developed a new department within the Underground Network of missional communities for Pastoral Care and Counseling. This Department provided Pastoral Care and Counseling services for hundreds of leaders within the Underground network. He left this position in early 2020 to pursue what the Lord had put on his heart; a new organization called The Sober Truth Project.
The “Sober Truth Project”, Mission is about reshaping how the world views addiction, mental health, people with suicidal thoughts, and the roles of faith and science in how we recover. The Vision: To see the world set free by helping one another. Engaging, educating, equipping, and empowering communities to develop a more empathetic and loving society.
In 2021 along with Brit Eaton George wrote the book, "The Uncovery" Healing Trauma in Community, to be released July 2022.