Pastor George Bowers was born in Woodstock and has spent most of his life in Shenandoah County. After graduating from Central High School in Woodstock, he earned his BS Degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Agricultural Economics in 1986 from Virginia Tech. He taught Agriculture for two years at Culpeper Jr. High School before returning to teach Agriculture, Natural Resources and Leadership Development at Central for 15 years. While at Central, he coached several state winning FFA teams and advised numerous State Officers and one National Officer.
While still teaching in 1996 he was called to pastor part-time at the Antioch Church of the Brethren and in 2003 he resigned his teaching job to pastor full time. George and his wife Nancy have four children and three grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, reading, and writing poetry and has published seven books. In addition, he writes columns for the Northern Virginia Daily and Shenandoah Valley Herald newspapers and serves on the Standing Committee for the Church of the Brethren Denomination representing the Shenandoah District.