After George Geftakys was excommunicated from his own Fullerton Assembly in January of 2003, most of the Geftakys Assemblies severed connections with him and disintegrated, some slowly, some quickly. A few of the groups remained loyal to him for awhile, including the Riverside Assembly, under the leadership of Mike Almanzor.
After George and Betty sold their home in Fullerton and relocated to a Baptist assisted living location in Redlands, they began fellowshipping at Riverside. George taught the weekly Bible study and gave "stated ministry" on Sunday afternoons.
In the spring of 2007 George had a falling out with the Riverside group, and was no longer allowed to teach or preach. He left the group and took about half the people with him to start something Sunday worship and a weekly Bible study in his home.
Spring 2008 David Miller, from the San Francisco Assembly, came down to be George's right-hand man. David is involved in witnessing, i.e. recruiting, on college campuses. David and his wife are living communally with at least one other adult in their home. They are implementing Assembly child-training methods, including mat training.
George preached at a conference in Tanzania. He was invited by Herbert, who is involved in a ministry that builds orphanages. Apparently George is attempting to gain a position of influence in that ministry.
It is reported that, "GG wanted [money] to pay for him to go to Africa because he had no money. [When that didn't happen] GG somehow found the cash to buy a $2,000.00 ticket. He made Herbert set up conferences he could preach at, and the word that came back was that hundreds have come to the Lord. They [George and Betty] act as if they have no money at all, yet I have heard GG speak about his investment counselor and how well his investments have been doing."
April 3, 2008 A former SLO Assembly member commented, "It comes as no surprise that he hasn't stopped. I guess Herbert came along after you left. He came to the USA a couple of times, usually with Samuel (they came to SLO in 2000). Herbert didn't have the same swagger that Samuel did, he still had some appearance of 'innocence' about him....perhaps George was still drawing him into his delusion...but maybe I just didn't see what he was really like."
Brian Tucker had this to say on the Assemblyboard: "George is very likely to swagger around boasting about his past 'accomplishments', with all the usual embellishments... and if they are duly impressed by his tall tales, he will at some point start trying to use his fabricated prestige to gain influence and control over the people around him.
After that, he will certainly have no qualms about exploiting them as much as possible. This is what a narcissistic personality does. He will always believe, with total confidence, that he is fully entitled to whatever he can extract from those around him, and confidence can be very convincing.
I am planning to write a letter to the management of that retirement community. I would imagine they would be at least somewhat concerned about the effect someone like George could have on the stability and reputation of their community--at least concerned enough to keep an eye out. I would encourage others to write a letter also. The more letters they get, the more seriously they will take them. Here is their contact info:
900 Salem Drive
Redlands, CA 92373-6189
George and Betty's home address is 242 Carver Circle in Plymouth Village, Redlands, CA 92373-8503.
May 1, 2008 From the Assembly bulletin board, Garrett said, "Last Sunday on the way home from a men’s retreat, I pulled off the freeway to look at historical houses in the city of Redlands. To my surprise I drove right past the retirement community where George and Betty live. My curiosity was piqued. I made a u turn, parked my car in front of the community center and went in.
Immediately to the left of the main entrance there is a 6x18 feet display case. The display case contained “small” pictures of children in their native lands, and missionary artifacts were displayed. I emphasize “small” because there was one “big” picture. Of course you guessed it. A “big” picture of George in Africa was prominently displayed for all to see. See the picture, look at the man and be in wonderment!!!!! I dropped my head, chuckled to myself and walked out.
The glorious truth is that the “big” picture, the un-readable books that can’t sell on E-bay, the vain babbling on the outdated cassettes that fill up the recycling bins, will all burn and nothing will remain. Come, Jesus, Come!"
Dave Sable commented, "I'm betting it is that picture of George with the Masai warriors. He boasted about that because 'most Masai warriors don't let their picture be taken, but they were willing to take them with me.' It strengthened his argument about his impact in Africa because when he went on the safari, he saw the "big three" animals - lion and two others).
He reported that his guide kept saying, 'Great is the God of Geftakys,' because this was so unusual. Goes to show the massive impact his ministry had upon the continent. **Roll Eyes** Tom and I have a bet he really got those pictures from a stand where you could pay $10 to get a picture taken with Masai warriors."
May 5, 2008 The Redlands Daily Facts newspaper had an article on Saturday about a multi-cultural festival at Plymouth Village, where George and Betty Geftakys live. George is still up to his old ways of misrepresenting the facts. He claimed he was a native of Greece and apparently recited the Lord's prayer in Greek!
"Anonymous" commented, "I find it interesting that George recited the Lord’s prayer in Greek because he does not speak Greek. His mother was German so the language spoken at home was German, not Greek. He spoke no Greek except what he picked up along the way, which we all remember was awkward. Do you suppose he made up the Lord’s prayer or just attempted it from his Greek Lexicon?" [Ed. note: Maybe he memorized it from audio files available on the web? Is it likely he's that techie..?]
Brent T. commented: "Well, I did something I didn't think I would ever do again...I went ahead an emailed George's retirement village and warned them about him. I referred them to the website, so don't be surprised to hear from someone from there.
George is collecting money from these poor people, and they think he's Greek? Oh my."
March 24, 2009 The Redlands Daily Facts newspaper recently interviewed some folks at Plymouth Village who were playing the Wii. Betty G. was among them. Apparently Betty's favorite is Wii tennis. Read more here »