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George Gordon balances Christian life, family and work

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 11:47 AMShanique Samuels
George Gordon, a man of God who has a passion for art.
PHOTOS BY SHANIQUE SAMUELS George Gordon performs during a session at Clarendon College.

CHAPELTON, Clarendon:

When you are as talented and well-rounded as George Gordon, and work, family life, and play demand all your time and energy, striking the right balance between life's events is the best you can do to make it all work to your advantage.

Elder Gordon, as he is known in church, is a devoted Christian, who is happily married with a son. He is an active member of the Chapelton Seventh-day Adventist Church where he is also a musician.

"I grew up as a Christian, and as a young man, my father instilled in me certain values, so I grew up as an Adventist. Reading the Bible for myself, I realised what God requires of me, so I got serious and started doing what I know I should, and following the rules set out for us in the Bible," Gordon told Family and Religion.

The 1999 JCDC Gospel song winner is a teacher by profession and a recording artiste, who also specialises in artwork. Seventeen of his 19-year teaching career have been spent at Clarendon College teaching visual arts and music.

Gordon said he loves being a teacher and so he continues to find innovative ways to make teaching fun and interesting while constantly raking in exceptional grades. "I do enjoy the classroom, it's fun seeing the students learn. I have had students who say art is boring, but that's because they don't like the subject, but I've found ways to engage them in the subject and get them to do well," he told Family and Religion.

When he is not in the classroom, Gordon is busy writing, recording, or performing tunes from his catalogue of songs. "I started out in 1998 as a recording artiste. That year, I entered the JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission) and was placed third. After that, I entered again the next year and won with a song called 'Great Peace'. I have reaped great success and exposure through the competition and have got the chance to represent Jamaica internationally," Gordon said with pride.

In all, he has had 10 songs making top 10 in the JCDC competition between 1998 and 2002, as he had written several others for other contestants.

"The same passion I have for teaching, is the same passion I have for music. I am also caught up with foods. Food and Nutrition was my first love. When I was much younger, I wanted to work on a ship or in a hotel. I love to cook, and now I'm in the process of starting a business in foods. I always try to incorporate my passions, just like I love art, so I paint and I hope to have a piece mounted in the National Gallery one day. Everything I love I tend to."