Disability Ministries

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George Hamilton
Disability Ministry Assistant Director
256.652.2289
gsc-disabilitymin@gscsda.org


The disabilities & special needs ministry's goals:

· Support pastors and local church disabilities ministry coordinators in setting up programs to improve in the including people with disabilities in worship, work, service and leadership, and provide current information and resources on disability related issues for church leaders.

My duties and responsibilities:

· Clarify requirements for the church disabilities ministry coordinator.

· Promote awareness on disabilities at assigned conference-sponsored events.

· Be available as a speaker and presenter to give information on disability issued in churches and the community.

· Participate in disability awareness Sabbaths in the conference

· Develop and promote resources on disability with the church, i.e.

3 Angels Deaf Ministries, Christian Record Service, etc.

· Create a newsletter to be emailed all pastors, Elders, schools, and churches-keeping the ministry at the forefront of our conference. Since we are a new ministry the initial distribution will be monthly, and will transition to quarterly as the conference churches become more acquainted with us.

· Attend a Southern Union Disabilities Seminar every 18 - 24 months.



About

George T. Hamilton, Jr.  was born in the “Gateway City” of St. Louis, Missouri.  As a youngster, he could be found playing with his toy cars humming motor sounds and being completely oblivious to anything around him.  This apparent love for automobiles he still maintains today along with his brother Duane.  His Father George Sr. and Mother Mary were musically inclined with George Sr.  possessing the raw talent. 

He contracted polio at three (3) and the Lord blessed him with two excellent doctors at St. Anthony's hospital who operated on both legs, preventing the use of braces or the exacerbated limp so often characterized by polio victims.  This enabled him to walk with the aid of 2 crutches through age 14, and one crutch from ages 14 until 18 years. 

He moved to Huntsville, Alabama in October of 1984 after completing the 2 year rotational training at the US Army's Aviation & Systems Command (AVSCOM) in St. Louis, and selecting Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama as his final or Permanent Duty Location (PDL) to complete his 3 year internship.  This program was sponsored by the Army and entitled the DARCOM Intern Program.  It was a specialized program for undergraduates desiring to obtain specialized training towards a bachelors degree.  He completed his training in 1985.

His disability was never much of a problem until moving to Huntsville, where a sympathetic anomaly called "Post Polio Syndrome" (PPS) began to affect other ambulatory limbs.  This somehow raised a sensibility to other disabilities, and he was called to be the disability representative in his directorate, and in the commands disability committee in the Personnel Department.  His request for numerous assistive devices for the arsenal employees was noticed by the Computer Accommodations Program (CAP) who mistakenly assumed he was the "Command Representative". 

He met his wife Flore Aubry a beautiful French-Carribean at Oakwood College church while singing with the choir for a number of years.  After a brief courtship, they married in 1987 and he was shocked that she married him.  She jokingly says "you never actually proposed".  The marriage blessed him with 2 beautiful step-daughters, Berenice & Eunice. 

Except for his employment as a counselor for the Concentrated Employment Training Act (CETA), and a Claims Adjustor for AAA of Missouri, all other his occupations have been in the areas of planning and management.  This planning and management experience enabled him to be selected by Dr. Rosa Bank as one of the commissioners on the North American Division (NAD) Disabilities Ministry commission.  He continued in that capacity until he retired from the SCC in 2012. 

He has always sought to do the Lords will and thanks God EACH AND EVERY MORNING for allowing him to see another day.  He was never much of a talker or reader until his 60s and is far more comfortable at his computer doing routine management functions which require no verbal communication.  A friend and family member suggested he read more of Sister White's conflict series and he has completed the series and continues on to other writing to this day. 

He prays for the Lord to guide all of his decisions for the day and his favorite Bible quote is Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose".