George Dix, Jr. is the Senior Pastor and Founder of PASSAGE Family Church and President of the PMI Ministerial & Leadership Development Institute based in Gainesville, Florida.
Pastor George grew up in Gainesville in a Christian home with two siblings and is the son of the late Elder George Dix, Sr. and his living mother Edith Dix. Pastor George received his foundational ministry training and ordination while a member of Church of God by Faith, Inc., based out of Jacksonville, Fl.
Pastor George holds a Doctorate of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. His engineering career spanned cross twenty seven (27) in various professional and managerial positions, including Division Manager of Electric Transmission & Distribution Operations, and Manager of Systems Control. He also served as Ambassador to Italy for Rotary International and President of the IBM GIS International User’s Group.
Pastor George is a passionate educator and Kingdom builder. He is, particularly, a strong advocate for Christian-based education. He and his wife Michele officially launched PASSAGE Ministries in March of 2002. Together they also established their first church location, and a second church site in Gainesville; two (2) certified pre-schools; a certified kindergarten thru 12th grade high school; a Ministerial Institute; a daily radio broadcast; and a social media internet ministry. He is an international speaker, leadership trainer, visionary, and business entrepreneur. PASSAGE Ministries' has global missions and evangelism efforts in North America, Haiti, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.
Among other things, Pastor George's vision for PASSAGE includes constructing and operating a technologically advanced corporate office and campus that integrates church, family, community, and business enterprises. He also envisions expanding their educational and international outreach endeavors.
His greatest earthly pleasure is spending time with his wife of 32 years; his greatest joy is his family; and his passion is "Kingdom" work. His most loving memory is his father, the late Rev. George Dix, Sr.
Lady Michele Dix is the First Lady of PASSAGE Family Church. Hailing from Altamonte Springs, Fl., Lady Michele is the daughter of Deacon & Mother Jesse Mathews and has four sisters and three brothers. In October, 1984, her life was forever changed when she relocated to Gainesville, FL and married the love of her life, George B. Dix Jr. From this union; God blessed them with 3 beautiful children: Petra (Robert), Ben (Jessica) and Cassie. She and Pastor George are the proud grandparents of two energetic grandsons Jackson and Sterling.
Lady Michele gives so much of herself to the Partners of PASSAGE as well as the community. Her love draws the affection of young and old alike. She is affectionately known to the congregation as “Lady” & “Mom” and she is widely known for her loving hugs and beautiful spirit.
Mrs. Dix has dedicated her life to “reaching people where they are” and partnering with her husband to help in the expansion of God’s Kingdom. She spends countless hours helping to build the ministry and serve its partners. There is no job too big or too small for her, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, counseling and mentoring women and young ladies and visiting the ministry's schools. She also spearheads the Ladies of PASSAGE Women’s Ministry; Vow of Purity which teaches and encourages abstinence until marriage; Youth Mentorship Program which focuses on accountability, financial planning, community involvement, education preparedness, leadership development and so much more. Lady Michele serves on the Executive Board and also directs the Church's Corporate Administrative Office, all coupled with being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Lady Michele Dix is an anointed speaker and psalmist for the Kingdom whose impact within the community has bestowed upon her many honors. Above all else, she is an awesome woman of God who loves the Lord with all of her heart, mind and soul and counts it an honor and a privilege to serve God and to help lead people to their divinely appointed place in Him.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”(Proverbs 31:10)
Johnny B. Boswell, Sr. was born in Brooklyn, New York and is the son of the late Lizzie Mae Hankerson and Johnny Boswell. Johnny received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the tender age of 25 in 1983. Johnny also served his country via the Army for three years. It was during this time in his life as he was walking in a mall in Alabama that he heard the voice of God audibly call his name. He knew it was the call to ministry but he did not accept it. But then he later accepted the call on his life of Evangelist/Pastor in 1989 as a member of Freewill Baptist Church in Starke, Florida. He has served in the capacity of Elder of PASSAGE Family Church since December 9, 2007.
The Lord has anointed him to speak an encouraging word into the body of Christ with the added gift of humor. Johnny is happily married to Palenthia , they have three wonderful sons, Johnny Jr, Joshua and Jevon.
Prince L. Hinson was born in Eustis, FL., to Prince Hinson, Jr and Ann Hinson. He surrendered his life to the Lord on October 19, 1986. His greatest spiritual example as a youth was his grandfather, the late Reverend Prince Eddie Hinson. Prince is a health care professional and business owner. Prince has long had the desire to be trained in the work of the ministry and to learn to give himself completely over to God in order to fulfill God’s divine purpose for his life. Prince was ordained an Elder with PASSAGE Family Church on December 11, 2016.
The legacy that Prince wishes to leave is that it was evident that he fulfilled his call to serve God and others to the fullest extent; and that his love for God was evident to his family and all those that interacted with him. His favorite Bible character is Job because of his determination to persevere through his trials.
Prince has been married to the love of his life and biggest supporter, Wetonia “Toni” Hinson, for 35 years. They have three wonderful children, Justin (Ranesha), Cassidy and Prince Julian. And two incredible grandsons, Cason James Hinson-Okine and Elliott Isaiah Hinson.
Armon E. Lowery is a native of North Central Florida near Gainesville. He attended schools in the Alachua County School District, and graduated from Newberry High School in June of 1978. He became a Christian at the age of 17 ( in 1977) and accepted the call into the ministry in July of 1984. He attended the School of Ordained Ministry of the Church of God by Faith, Inc. At the completion of four years of study and apprenticeship he was ordained and licensed to minister in December 1990.
Armon received a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministry from Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC. He is currently continuing his studies pursuing a Masters in Education and a Doctorate Theology degrees. . He has served in the capacity of Elder of PASSAGE Family Church since December 8, 2013.
His greatest love is scripture exegesis (accurate interpretation of Holy Writ); His motto is: “We walk by faith, not by sight,” 2 Corinthians 5:7 – KJV.
Armon is happily married to Bernadette, they have two daughters and six grandchildren
Sheila D. Baker-Bell was born in Miami, Fl to the late Gloria Nelson and William Wims, Sr. She was educated in Dade county schools. She is the sole proprietor of Hair Zone Hair Salon.
Sheila’s conversion experience occurred 30 years ago while visiting a church in Gainesville . The Word came forth in such a loving yet convicting way that she was moved to give her life to the Lord immediately.
Sheila experienced the clarion call of the Holy Spirit that set a fire beneath her to become a difference maker in the earth realm about 20 years ago. To build upon her biblical studies of the Word she attended Refreshing Faith Bible College, Life Christian University and MLDI @ PASSAGE. She has served in the capacity of Associate Pastor of PASSAGE Family Church since December 8, 2007.
The legacy she would like to leave would be that her life exemplified the virtues of a woman of God and that she was a true disciple maker.
Sheila’s favorite biblical character is Job because no matter the tumultuous obstacles and challenges he faced...his faith/trust in God never wavered.
Sheila is the proud mother of five precious children : Robert, Oluwatoyin, Dante (deceased), Ben and Janta.
Palenthia L. Boswell is the proud daughter of Mother Zola M. Simmons-Johnson and the late Reginald A. Johnson. She attended school in the Alachua County School District.
At the tender age of 18 years old, the Lord revealed to Palenthia her call to Worship Ministry. Once this calling was made clear, she had no hesitation in pursuing this great call. In describing her spiritual encounters, it would be "A Heart of Worship for the King". Palenthia’s love for the Lord is so great that her motto for each day is “to please Him with all that she has.”
Years later, God revealed the Prophetic and Evangelism calls upon her life. She has served in the capacity of Associate Pastor of PASSAGE Family Church since December 7, 2014.
Palenthia’s favorite biblical character is David because of his approach to life. First, he was chosen by God and no man could get that glory. Secondly, he loved the Lord with all of his heart. This is evident in his praise and worship of God and in the God-inspired words he wrote in the Book of Psalms.
The legacy Palenthia would love to leave is: Don't get so caught up in earthly things that you become no heavenly good. In other words, remember that only what you do for Christ will last.
She has been married to the love of her life, Elder J. Boswell, Sr. for 20+ years. They share 3 honorable young men, Johnny Jr,, Joshua and Jevon.
Cheryl D. Williams, born in Lake Wales, Florida, is the daughter of the late Robert B. Howell, Jr. and Ivadene Howell. She was raised in a loving Christian family and was introduced to Christ at an early age at First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. It was there she began serving in ministry through her participation in the children’s and young adult choirs, attending Youth Baptist Conventions, and serving in various leadership roles in the Youth Sunday School.
Cheryl became keenly aware of the call God had on life during one her most challenging times when she experienced nerve and back pain from a herniated disc and was unable to work or complete normal daily tasks for approximately 4 months. It was during this time that she totally surrendered her life to God and allowed him to guide her to complete healing and restoration both spiritually and temporally. She has served in the capacity of Associate Pastor of PASSAGE Family Church since December 8, 2013.
Her desire to honor God is the most important facet of her life. She accepted the call to become a servant leader to share the love of God; the same unconditional love, mercy, correction, and grace he has shown her. Cheryl is a the mother of two beautiful children, Matthew and Jailyn.
The Chief Operating Officer is the chief of staff for PASSAGE Ministries, Inc. with executive leadership and management responsibility for day-to-day business affairs and operations, not including ecclesiastical functions The COO is principally responsibility for overseeing and directing corporate and enterprise operations of PMI, including strategic planning, business development, marketing and enterprise performance analysis and reporting. The COO also has responsibility for business start-up management, human resources, risk management, and policy and regulatory compliance functions.