George Hovaness Donigian is a United Methodist pastor in South Carolina. Prior to life in South Carolina, he worked in Nashville’s publishing circles as a curriculum developer, a book acquisitions editor, a book marketer, and head of a small publishing unit. Before his publishing career, George served as a pastor of several United Methodist churches in Virginia. He graduated from Berry College and the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
His newest book is Three Prayers You’ll Want to Pray <bit.ly/1xJZdkY>. Don E. Saliers wrote of it:
The unlikely combination of prayers by a diplomat, a theologian, and a rabbi—sounded by George Donigian’s distinctive Armenian/American voice—come alive as prophecy, wisdom, and saving grace. Elegantly written, these pages will invite, challenge, and change your understanding of what it is to pray with others, over a lifetime in all circumstances.
A video course related to the book is also available from ChurchNext <bit.ly/1G31gsf>
George also wrote A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action. He is also the author of a short course on the Wesleyan Methodist heritage and tradition.
Donigian grew up in Hopewell, Virginia where his father operated a grocery store. George worked a number of odd jobs in college and seminary, including work on a garbage truck and as a punch-press operator in a sandpaper factory.
He plays a variety of musical instruments, including piano, organ, saxophone, duduk (an Armenian double-reed instrument), dumbeg (Armenian hand drum), Appalachian dulcimer, and ocarina. His instrument collection includes alto, soprano, and C-melody saxophones. One of his teachers said that he might have been very good if he had focused on one instrument.
George talks and writes about his Armenian heritage, his interests and influences, and his perspective on culture and faith.
George is married to Mary Teasley, also a United Methodist pastor. Their family includes six adult children, grandchildren, dogs, and more.