Rev. Dr. George R. Sinclair
Dr. George R. Sinclair, Jr. was installed as Pastor of Government Street Presbyterian Church on December 8, 2002. A North Carolina native, George earned his undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy from Highpoint University in 1975. He holds a master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degrees from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Before coming to Mobile, George served Presbyterian churches in Warsaw, IL, Lenoir, NC, and LaGrange, GA. He and his wife, Paula, have a daughter, Meredith, who is an Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and a son, Sean, who is a Chef at the Royal Scam in Mobile, AL, and they have five grandchildren. George is the author Walking In Wonder: Resilience in Ministry and enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, sailing, and is an avid bike rider. Paula is employed at UMS Wright where she teaches 8th grade Algebra; she is also an ordained Deacon and Elder at GSPC The Sinclairs reside at 1105 Savannah Street in the Oakleigh Garden District of Mobile.
WM. Samford Turner
Rev. Wm. Samford Turner began serving as Parish Associate on June 1, 2016. Samford was born and baptized into this congregation and first called to ministry here as a lay pastor in 1980. He graduated from the University of South Alabama and Emory University’s graduate school of business with an MBA. After he and his wife Carol served as Peace Corps volunteers in Colombia, South America, he managed a construction firm in Mobile, and they became members of GSPC. After serving for three and a half years as the Minister of Administration and Youth, he and Carol and their two children, Maria and Graham left Mobile for Richmond, VA and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Samford served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Foley, AL for 16 years, and was called to be the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of South Alabama, where he served for fourteen years, retiring this past March. Carol is a Ruling Elder at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church and a Registered Dental Hygienist. Maria and her husband Barry Jenkins are very involved at Reid Memorial PC in Augusta, GA. They are both preacher’s kids and are the parents of Rhys and Allie. Graham is an accomplished rock climber and sky diver. He manages the University of California’s high mountain research station in the White Mountains of eastern California. The Turners live south and east of Fairhope on a small branch off of Fish River, surrounded by beauty and many critters of the wild. Samford enjoys kayaking, fishing, photography, reading and the out of doors.
Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries
Terry D Maddox, M.M.
TERRY D. MADDOX, M.M. – native of Indiana, received his Bachelor of Science in Music and Religion with an emphasis in organ performance from the University of Evansville. He also attended Harlaxton College of Grantham, England for a year. Mr. Maddox received a full fellowship and assistantship from Loyola University of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. He is married to Rebecca Rasmussen Maddox, a former politician, a singer, jeweler, and artist. Twelve years of his career, Mr. Maddox served as an educator for three private Christian school systems in the position of Director of Fine and Performing Arts. Currently, he is in his eighteenth year as Director/Administrator of Music and Fine Arts Ministries for Government Street Presbyterian Church of Mobile, Alabama. In this position he serves as Organist, Choir Director, and Administrator of the Music and Fine Arts Ministry Program, of which the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society is a part. He also offers piano, organ and voice lessons. For nine years, he has directed the Honor Chorus for youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lower Alabama with his wife, Rebecca. Additionally, Mr. Maddox serves as Music Director of Touro Synagogue of New Orleans, Louisiana and has done so for the past twenty three years. For the past fifteen years, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Spring Hill College’s Choral and Music Education programs, and conducts studio education programs of music instruction. In the spring of 2007 and again in March of 2009, Mr. Maddox prepared and led a large choral group to Carnegie Hall. The 2007 program was a presentation of Faure’s Requiem Mass. In 2009, with nearly 100 area residents performing or sharing in the experience, Mr. Maddox conducted John Rutter’s Requiem Mass which was performed as the featured evening program in a near capacity Isaac Stern Auditorium. Mr. Maddox has led several “Choir Trips with Friends” to Europe, visiting and singing in Italy, Austria, France, and the Czech Republic. During Mr. Maddox’s career he has had the privilege and opportunity to work with regional and national artist, including Marcia Ball, Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport, Teresa Anderson, John Boutte, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Dr. Michael White, Paul Schaefer of NBC’s David Letterman Show, the Walter Wolfman Washington Trio, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, LA and John Cleary and The Monster Gentleman.
Director of Children's Ministry
Shawn Walker began working at GSPC in June of 2011. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1990. She has been certified to teach grades 1st – 6th. She attended Howard Community College in Maryland and received her certification in Early Childhood for preschool and Kindergarten in 1993. She has taught Kindergarten in Rhode Island, Maryland, Hawaii and Alabama. She is also employed at Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center where she teaches all ages ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. She is married to Samuel “Duke” Walker VII who is a retired Captain from the United States Coast Guard. He is currently working for Josten’s Inc. Shawn and her husband have three children.
Bonnie Johnston became employed at GSPC in August 2007. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Vennard College with majors in Bible and Music. She is married to Daryl Johnston who has served Methodist churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. She has three children and nine grandchildren.
Office / Property Manager
Lois McNorton, a native of Mobile, came to GSPC in August 2015. She has worked in church ministries all over the country with her husband Buddy since 2006. In 2015, Lois, Buddy & their 3 daughters moved back to Mobile to start Gospel Life Fellowship, a non denominational church.
Director of Hospitality
Barbara Yolanda Williams is a Retired (DOS) Director of Sales. Seasoned with 35 years of extensive knowledge & experience in the hospitality industry. Vocal Recording Artist, products available in amazon, cdbaby, youtube… Also a member of Nu Image Gospel Group sponsors of Youth On The Winning Side. Mother of six accomplished individuals. Attended S.D. Bishop State Jr. College. Past board member of the Mobile Convention and Visitors Bureau. A Southern girl in love with serving others!
Director of Food Services
Shelia Smith has been a part of the GSPC Family since 1986. She has a love for people and a passion for the ministry here at GSPC.
Marilyn Mills has worked at GSPC since 2011 and in the industry for 15 years. She has been married since 1999, has two daughters and 2 grandchildren. Marilyn enjoys working with others and has a desire to glorify the Lord in all she does.
Ben Purifoy began working at GSPC in 2006. He has a kind and willing heart and is a always ready to help wherever needed.