The Rev. Canon George Maxwell
The Rev. George M. Maxwell, Jr. is the vicar of the Cathedral of St. Philip, which means that he is responsible for the operations of the Cathedral and the development of its staff, programs, and ministries. His ministry to the Cathedral also includes leading several small groups that meet during the week, teaching the Old Fashioned Sunday School that meets in Child Hall on Sunday mornings, and writing an occasional series of fictional letters styled as “Letters to a Young Episcopalian.” George’s ministry outside of the Cathedral includes serving as a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Atlanta; chair of the board of directors of the Wright House Foundation; a founding member of the faculty for Learning to Lead (L2L), a training course established by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta to apply the principles of Adaptive Leadership to the church; a consultant to parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta in connection with their searches for new rectors; a member (and former chair) of the Bishop's Advisory Council for the Church of the Common Ground; a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Justice Project (where he has also served as chair of the board of directors); and a member of the faculty for a Certificate in Spiritual Direction program at Columbia Theological Seminary. George is also an active member of the Shalem Society for Contemplative Leadership. He has completed a two-year course that focused on clergy spiritual life and leadership and another two-year course that focused on spiritual guidance. In the past, George served as a member of the adjunct faculty for the Candler School of Theology, Emory University; and a spirituality faculty member for CREDO, a wellness program for clergy of the Episcopal Church. George was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2011, earned a Masters of Divinity degree (with a Certificate in Anglican Studies) from Emory University in 2004, and served as the interim director of Emmaus House before moving to the Cathedral in 2005. His first vocation was the law. George graduated from the University of North Carolina and Duke University School of Law, and worked as a corporate lawyer in Atlanta for 20 years, leaving Alston & Bird in 2001.