Cross County Baptist Church

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Senior Pastor

George Mecom Dickens was born June 27, 1947 in Washington DC. His parents moved to Murfreesboro, North Carolina after his father's service in the US Navy during World War II. In 1952, his parents moved to Suitland, Maryland, where they lived until 1962, moving to Capitol Heights, Maryland.

George attended schools in Suitland his entire life, graduating from Suitland Senior High School in 1965 where he met his wife-to-be, Patricia Galt. After graduation, he attended the University of Maryland for one year, quitting to work for the JC Penney Company and the Bureau of the Census.

In 1967, George joined the US Navy and served with the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Groups and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four. It was during his tour of duty in San Diego, California with PACFLTCOMBCAMGRU, that George was saved.

After his salvation, George was transferred to Point Mugu, California, serving as the Squadron Accounting Officer for VX-4. His wife, Pat, joined him there in 1970, and they attended the First Baptist Church of Oxnard where Pat was saved. Their first child, Polly Ann Dickens, was born on April 13, 1971. Shortly after, when George's enlistment expired, them moved back to Suitland where they lived until 1972. In 1972, they moved to Morningside, Maryland, and George began working for the Prince George's County government in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. While living in Morningside, their children, Heather Michelle and Joel Edward were born.

In 1979, they moved to Calvert County, Maryland and lived in the Broomes Island area until George left to attend Bible College in 1987. While in Calvert County, their fourth and last child, George Wilson, was born. George and his family began to attend the First Baptist Church of Calvert County from 1979 until his surrender to the full time ministry in 1986. The Dickens family became actively involved in the ministry there, serving in various positions. George served as a deacon, AWANA Game Director, and the AWANA Director. In 1986, George and his family left Calvert County to attend Atlantic Baptist Bible College in Chester, Virginia. While there, they settled in Hopewell, Virginia, where they served in various positions in Temple Baptist Church and with the Armed Forces Baptist Missions. George also was pastor of Cumberland Baptist Church in Cumberland, Virginia until his graduation from ABBC in 1990 when he was called to Central Baptist Church in Charleston, West Virginia.

George was pastor of Central Baptist Church until 1995, when he was called to Calvary Baptist Church in Homer City, Pennsylvania. George and his family left Homer City in 1999, returning to Calvert County, Maryland, where George served as a Missionary Intern with Pastor Richard Wilson at the First Baptist Church in Prince Frederick, until his resignation as Pastor in 2001. He then served as interim Pastor at First Baptist until the Lord called him to Calvary Baptist Church in Waldorf, Maryland as the Assistant Pastor to Harold Dixon in 2002. He served as the Assistant Pastor until 2006 when he and Pat went as Missionaries to Datong, China, teaching English for the Way to Win, Ltd. Company. Upon their return in 2007, George and Pat attended Cross County Baptist Church (formerly Calvary Baptist Church) serving in various capacities

Upon Harold Dixon's resignation as Pastor of Cross County in 2008, George served as interim Pastor and was called by the church to be their Pastor on January 12, 2009. During his career, George has taught in several Christian Schools; Elk Valley Christian School in Elkview, West Virginia, and at Virginia Baptist College. He currently teaches Business classes for Virginia Baptist College as well as pastoring at Cross County.

Pat and George Dickens - Datong China