Northwood Hills Pastor George Shaddix retires comment (0)
December 1, 2011
George Shaddix, pastor of Northwood Hills Baptist Church, Northport, is retiring Dec. 31 after almost 30 years of service.
Shaddix was raised in Lanett and attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his master of divinity. During seminary, he served as pastor of two churches: one in Louisiana and one in Mississippi.
He later served as pastor of Vernant Park Baptist Church, Foley, for almost five years before moving to Northwood Hills Baptist.
Shaddix and his wife, Diane, raised their two sons, Greg and Jonathan, in Northport, a place that “has really become home to us,” he said.
He added Northwood Hills has been “a real blessing” to his family. During Shaddix’s time as pastor, he has seen a lot of spiritual growth and maturity within the church.
Highlights from his ministry at Northwood Hills include the new family life center built about three years ago and the remodel of the sanctuary. The remodeling project took place over several years and included modifying the choir and podium areas, installing new carpet, reupholstering the pews and purchasing a new piano.
Shaddix noted the church also began Northwood Hills Baptist Daycare in August 2010.
“It has certainly been a blessing to know that we are touching the lives of those boys and girls with the story of Jesus Christ … and providing a safe environment for those children,” he said.
Billy Gray, interim director of missions for Tuscaloosa Baptist Association, said Shaddix is “a great guy, one of the most thoughtful and congenial people I’ve ever met.”
“He has this ability to look at everything in a positive light,” Gray added.
Of his upcoming retirement, Shaddix said, “I’m not going to sit down; I’m just changing gears.”
He added that he hopes to do some supply or interim preaching and is looking forward to spending more time with his grandson, Garrett.
Northwood Hills is planning a reception for Shaddix on Dec. 11 from 2–4 p.m. in the family life center.