Grave markerGeorge Geftakys slipped into a coma on August 11, 2014, and died at 6:15 p.m.  He was buried in a private service at the Riverside National Cemetery. Your reflections prompted by this event are welcome here, on the website, and on the Facebook groups, “George & Betty Geftakys – Geftakys Assembly”, and “The Geftakys Assembly”. Elizabeth Esther Geftakys Henderson written about her grandfather’s passing on her blog and on her Facebook page.

In April George had had a stroke and a fall, from which he did not recover. He was placed in hospice care and given two to six months to live. Several former Assembly leaders considered visiting him to make one final appeal for a change of heart. However, his opportunity for repentance was past; according to a family member, he was not capable of coherent discussion due to increasing dementia.

17 thoughts on “George Geftakys has died…

  1. May God have mercy on his soul. The great lesson of the assemblies can be summed up in the admonition of Isaiah 2:22 : “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils”. We were all guilty of putting this mere mortal on a pedestal, and it amounted to rank idolatry. Many of us were young, gullible, and completely devoid of any discernment. God forgive us. The leadership bears a very heavy responsibility. They could not have been ignorant of George’s true character, having served with him all those years. Mea culpas at the end notwithstanding, they chose to turn a blind eye to his sin. The silence of those who knew him from earlier days is even more astonishing. God was gracious to deliver me out of that corrosive system before the end with my faith intact. praise His name. I pray for all those he wounded, that God would restore they years…

  2. I am brother Rufus Crawley of Tennessee. I and my family were in the Assembly in Tuscola, Illinois through the outreach in Champaign, from late 1978 to 1987 when we moved back to Tennessee. I did detect some issues brewing within the Assembly itself and with Brother George, as he was called. I thank God that I and my family did have to go through a lot of what so many people did with George Geftakys’s deception and cruelty. My heart goes out for all of those that were hurt by both him and his wife, Sister Betty. I only hope he repented before he passed on. My appeal to all that suffered harm from them is to forgive them because we all need to be forgiven, for we all are not without sin. My prayers go out unceasingly to all that were connected to the Assemblies, and that were hurt through his and her deception and cruelty. God is still in the healing business.

  3. Blessings for your work on this
    site! I think the issue of control overlaps in many assemblies, churches, groups, corporations.

    People can hold Biblical standards and yet be so controlling. Even blind to it!

    I am not sure what the future holds but we know who holds the future!

    God bless you! Dios bendiga

    I am watching a Spanish circle of assemblies from Central America who
    have churches in USA and Canada! I will not name this group! But am hoping God will work to clean up them!

    An old brother home with The Lord told his grandson years ago! Son go to seminary but don’t get a big head!

    Enough said!

    We do not have to correct everyone but we can pray that God will bring this!

  4. I attended local San diego chapter assembly ( whatever you want to call it). I was a blessing for the most part. But placing George G on a pedestal like he was a super apostle was way over done. Leadership was told there was something off with the finances. A lot of people who were brought out to meetings had an inkling or feeling that the group was too controlling and trying to micro- manage people’s lives. At the end of the day, it was a sad ending to a ministry and church. But it is a reminder for all to stay humble and ask forgiveness daily.

  5. I attended the Goleta, California assembly for two years during the 80’s. I had been a successful lawyer for several years in Denver, Colorado but I lost everything because of drinking and I was living in my van in California. I was a believer (which is why I am sober today) but I could not go to a regular church in those days due to being down and out. The Goleta Assembly, however, accepted me without reservation and I attended their services and got to know them all quite well. Without exception, they are the most decent people you would ever hope to meet. That includes George Geftakys. I never saw anything that might resemble hypocrisy but I sensed that George did occupy a position in the church that involved members serving him rather than God and this, of course, violates the “Him only shall you serve” portion of the Great Commandment. While that is wrong doctrine, it does not translate into a lack of love for God and one’s fellow man. Again, these people are about the most decent human beings I have ever met and that includes George Geftakys.. Arthur Weed

  6. I was excommunicated from the Annandale assembly in 1995 for questioning some of the hypocrisy. George made it clear and the weak kneed leading brothers did his dirty work. But all along God was protecting my family and I by getting us out

  7. I was forced as a child to attend the assembly. Never could fully embrace it. But my mother. ..Joan Hanson led me to the lord. I believe in God. I believe in his son. And through her guidance and backing up God’s word…by the bible. I became saved. George was a twisted joke in our family. His poetry rubbish. And I was told first hand about his adultery by one of his girlfriends. These people treated my family like garbage. My mother truly loves the lord and I know if she is not with him now…none of you will be. Run scared all you liars and users. Run scared. But those of you truly saved. Let George go. Get on with life. Revenge is mine . God’s words. Let him rein. He is angry. He is not meek. He will forever win over this sad world. Be afraid. I am. But I love him. I trust him. And hope to someday be with him. And kiss my mother. The true one. The blessed one.

    1. Hello Amy – Thank you for your comments. I am glad your faith in Christ survived the twistedness of the Assembly. I am sorry for the loss of your mother. She was always gracious, even after we left the Assembly. She was broken-hearted after George was exposed – “We followed a man, we followed a man,” she mourned, instead of following Jesus. –Margaret

  8. I left the Assembly in 1985 and this group leadership destroyed my life. George is the only one burning in hell now and everyone who has never repented of this evil. Sin and pride blinds us to our impeding judgment and accountability, this assembly evil was straight from the pits of hell. I’m a women and I have victory over men. I no longer let them rape my soul I am publicly confrontational and do not care what the devil thinks. I know you all and glad some made it out alive. I learn from godly Jewish scholars and George is a anti Christ.

    1. I left also in 1985, and am learning from Messianic Jewish scholar Ariel. I got out in time more than the rest, but they did rape my soul also, I know exactly what you are saying. If it were scripturally allowed I would have sued for emotional damages! I still get head trips when I am under heavy attacks of guilt from Satan. I am Free, my Heavenly Father is so good.

  9. praise the Lord Jesus Christ. I know pastor George Geftakis while come from to Indonesia..with bro Hendra G. in Bandung. He served at many university in Bandung…Thank Jesus He Finished in served of the Lord. Haleluya

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