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Meet the Elder: George Mallory

Story told by George Mallory, Elder Class of 2019 on November 16, 2016

Name: George B. Mallory, Jr., Elder Class of 2019             

Occupation: I am a pediatric pulmonologist employed by the Baylor College of Medicine where I am Professor of Pediatrics and work at Texas Children’s Hospital where my office is located.

Family info: Debbie and I married in 2003, a second marriage for both of us. Debbie’s stepson Charlie and my daughter Meredith both live in St Louis. Meredith is married to Andy and recently gave birth to my grandson, Arlo. My daughter Elizabeth lives in Germany with her USAF husband, Dan, and my two genius grandsons, Mordecai and Eli.

Where are you from? I was born in Connecticut and grew up in Westchester County, NY. My family moved to Indianapolis when I was 10 years old. I was sent to Connecticut for boarding school and went to college and medical school on the East Coast. I have lived in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Missouri before moving to Houston in 2001.

How did you find your way to FPC? I joined FPC within a few months of arrival in Houston in 2001 after a brief exploration of alternative churches. I have been a member of a number of PCUSA and PCA churches over the last 28 years.

Why did you keep coming back? I have found FPC to be an inviting congregation with a great history and a palpable commitment to a high view of the Bible and reformed theology. I have a passion to worship my Lord regularly and to grow spiritually with like-minded fellow congregants.

What is playing on your iPod/computer right now? I do not own an iPod and do not play games or much music on my computer. I use the computer largely to communicate, get information and to access my Facebook page every so often. 

What is your favorite Houston restaurant? Debbie and I love to go out to eat. We love Brenner’s on the Bayou, Laurenzo’s and El Tiempo, all close to our home.  

What do you love about our city? Although I am hopelessly ensconced as an aging (gracefully?) white Anglo-Saxon Caucasian, I love the ethnic and cultural diversity of Houston, which is present in smaller proportions at FPC.  I hate the summertime weather but love the winters. Frankly, FPC – its pastors, its work and its congregation – and my work at TCH/BCM are the major loves that have kept me in Houston.

What countries have you traveled to? Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, South Africa (five times), Israel (three times), Jordan, Vietnam, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.

What do you do for fun and relaxation? I love to cycle, often in Memorial Park on the picnic loop, or on the bike path along TC Jester or out in Katy/Brookshire/Fulshear. I have ridden in the MS 150 five times. I love to read – mostly non-fiction, politics, history, theology. When I get a chance, I love being with my daughters and grandsons.  I love to laugh and cry with my dear, sensitive wife.

Who has been a mentor for you in the Christian faith? Reformed theologians, especially R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner. I have loved seeing this world and the next through the writings of C.S. Lewis, Harry Blamires, Brennan Manning and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

What is your greatest hope for the church? Continued growth in discipleship and missions. I want our church to lead the city of Houston in Christian revival. I wish every FPC member could go on missions as suggested in our mission statement. I have found going to Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey and South Africa with groups from our church to have been such amazing experiences which have taught me so much about Jesus, my faith, real heroes of the faith and our pastors. We must grow within and outside the church.  

Discuss a bit of your faith journey. I was raised in the Episcopal Church where both my parents were quite active. I took religion much more seriously than my three siblings and grew up with a lot of guilt and shame. I went to an Episcopal boarding school in Connecticut where I was Sacristan my senior year. I swung the incense thurible every Sunday morning during Holy Communion. I left the church, as so many college students do, during my college years but joined an Episcopal church in Pittsburgh after marriage a few years later during my pediatric residency training. In 1977, I had a born again experience in a Bible study on the book of Romans. In 1978, I joined a PCUSA church and became an elder. I have learned reformed theology with enthusiasm over time but learned the hard lessons of humility over a longer period of time. My faith is so important to me. I yearn for an ever closer walk with my Lord and Savior. 

What are some of the mission/service programs that excite you? I have little personal experience with FPC’s local Houston missions but look forward to FPC becoming more involved with a mission to caregivers, physicians and nurses, in the Medical Center. I have a real passion for our mission partners. I will hopefully finally get to go to Egypt and see our partners at the Kasr el Dobara in Cairo in February 2017. Debbie and I plan to go to Uganda next August with a group from FPC. I would love to go back to South Africa where we fell in love with the Coetzees at Agape Family Ministries in Grabouw. 

What service do you attend? Usually 11:05. Sunday School class? We are joining the new class led by the Miekles and Moores. 

Interesting facts:

  • I served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Lewisburg, PA in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • I served as an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Little Rock in the 1980s.
  • I raised two daughters with my first wife but now have three grandsons.
  • I wanted to be a baseball player as a child, with Willie Mays as my childhood idol, but unfortunately I could not hit the ball.
  • I have titanium in my cervical spine, in my right knee and my left hip and set off the scanners in the airport with regularity.
  • I edited the Book of Reminiscences for the Class of 1966 at Kent School for our 50th Reunion gathering in June 2016 and it was a smashing success.
  • I want to write a book someday about my experiences with brave children and their families who have undergone lung transplantation. My faith in God is a major theme in my work.
  • Right now, I am planning on working until 2021 when I will be 73 years old so that my wife can reach her own private milestone. I am willing to hear God tell me otherwise. 
  • I attended a Jewish medical school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.