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First Baptist Welcomes New Student Minister, George Bednar!

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

First Baptist Parents,

My name is George, and I am the new student pastor and chaplain at First Baptist. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m not sure how vital it is for you to know that I’m a HUGE Boston sports fan and appreciate really good coffee. So, I’ll start by introducing my family.

I am married to Alexis. Alexis was raised in Charleston and grew up at First Baptist. In fact, both of her parents were teachers here. Alexis and I have two children. Our daughter, Raomi, is six years old. If she had her way, we’d all be constantly cartwheeling to the Frozen 2 soundtrack. Our son, Miles, is three. He is a huge fan of Lightening McQueen and for some reason never gets overly excited about Chick-Fil-A.

Prior to our move back to Charleston, Alexis and I served as IMB missionaries in Southeast Asia for seven years. Our work in there included making disciples of young Christians. In most cases, our brothers and sisters want desperately for someone to invest in them. They want to know more about life with Jesus. They want to understand the Bible and know how to study it. They want to experience the freedom to speak to God in prayer. They want all of this, but too often have no one who can help them. The other major piece of our work overseas was taking the gospel to places where it wasn’t and speaking it to those who had never heard it..

After seven years in Southeast Asia, the Lord graciously called us back to the States to pursue pastoral ministry. Along with that calling came my acceptance into a pastoral residency program at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. As a pastoral resident, my area of focus was college ministry and my work wasn’t all that different from the work in Myanmar. I discipled young men and took the gospel to those who needed it. About six months before the residency was to end, the Lord gave us the opportunity to come back to Charleston to engage this city and to serve this school and church.

We couldn’t be more excited about where God has us.

We’re thankful that you have your children at First Baptist, and we’re thankful for the chance to love them and serve them along with you. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me directly. I’m here for you, too. My email address is

God’s glory is our reward.

George Bednar


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