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About George Mason

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George A. Mason is the Senior Pastor Emeritus at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. He served as the Senior Pastor for 33 years, from 1989 until 2022. He is a nationally recognized religious leader, serving the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Christian Ethics Today, Bright Stars of Bethlehem, Fellowship Southwest, Pastors for Texas Children and Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square.

 

George is the founder and president of Faith Commons, an interfaith nonprofit organization that amplifies diverse faith voices for the common good (faithcommons.org). Since 2018, he has hosted Good God, a podcast featuring conversations about faith and public life.

 

He is the lead advisor for the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University), where he is also an adjunct professor. George is a frequent op-ed contributor to The Dallas Morning News and for 25 years wrote a monthly column on public theology for the community news magazine The Advocate.

 

At Wilshire, George founded a renowned clergy apprenticeship program that has become a model for congregations nationwide. He is a consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches, helping churches, organizations and individuals with the nurture of ministers in their first years of vocational service. His first book, Preparing the Pastors We Need: Reclaiming the Congregation’s Role in Training Clergy, is a comprehensive guide and was published in 2012 by Alban Press. 

George’s most recent book, The Word Made Fresh: Preaching God's Love for Every Body, was published in 2023 by Read the Spirit Books, an imprint of Front Edge Publishing. It contains 80 sermons from his 33 years of Wilshire ministry, along with reflections on the craft of preaching and contributions by esteemed scholars and pastors on the art of proclamation. 

George earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1978 from the University of Miami (Florida), where he was a quarterback on the football team. He holds both the Master of Divinity (1982) and Doctor of Philosophy (1987) degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His doctoral field of study was systematic theology, with a minor in philosophy of religion.

 

A native of New York City, George has been married to Kim since 1979. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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