As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Cox, GA, is for your family.
At Liberty Heating & Air, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.
When you choose Liberty Heating & Air, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.
We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Cox, GA.
Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Cox, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.
We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.
Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Air over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:
We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.
We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.
We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Air, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Cox, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Cox has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.
From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Cox, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.
Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Air is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.
We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.
Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Cox and the surrounding area:
Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Air, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.
Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.
If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.
Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.
South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Cox can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Air a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.
Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:
Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Air, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.
As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:
You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Cox. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.
Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.
If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Air.
You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.
As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.
If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.
If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.
When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — They were too Dawg-gone good.The University of Georgia’s 65-7 victory against Texas Christian on Monday night was the most one-sided performance in the history of the College Football Playoff National Championship game.Statistics do not lie.The top-ranked Bulldogs (15-0) dominated the scoreboard and had all the numbers in their favor against the overmatched Horned Frogs (13-2).Not surprisingly, Georgia was named No. 1 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll early Tuesday.&l...
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — They were too Dawg-gone good.
The University of Georgia’s 65-7 victory against Texas Christian on Monday night was the most one-sided performance in the history of the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
Statistics do not lie.
The top-ranked Bulldogs (15-0) dominated the scoreboard and had all the numbers in their favor against the overmatched Horned Frogs (13-2).
Not surprisingly, Georgia was named No. 1 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll early Tuesday.
“Champions of the whole damn world,” said Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett, who threw four touchdown passes and ran for two others against TCU. It was the second time Bennett won CFP title game offensive MVP honors and he became the first player to win the award twice, according to USA Today.
The former walk-on and junior college quarterback from Blackshear, Georgia, has been the MVP in all four CFP games he has played in, WSB-TV reported.
Coach Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs won back-to-back titles, the first team to achieve the feat since the CFP era began in the 2014 season/ They captured the fourth national title in the program’s history and became the first repeat national champions since Alabama in 2011-2012.
Georgia previously won NCAA crowns in 1942, 1980 and 2021.
The Bulldogs’ 65 points broke the record for the most scored in a CFP title game, set two years ago when Alabama walloped Ohio State 52-24. It was also the most scored by Georgia all season, topping the 55 points scored in a shutout win on Oct. 15 against Vanderbilt.
Branson Robinson did the record-breaking honors Monday night, going untouched into the end zone on a 19-yard run with 7:23 to play for his second touchdown. In perhaps their only offensive blemish of the night, the Bulldogs missed the extra point but still led 65-7.
Georgia’s point total also surpassed the most points ever scored in an NCAA title game. The previous mark was 62, scored by Nebraska against Florida in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, according to The Sporting News.
Georgia’s 58-point margin of victory was also the largest in the CFP era. The previous high was 28 points, when Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in the game that decided the 2018 champion and matched two years later when the Crimson Tide rolled over Ohio State 52-24.
On Monday, the Bulldogs scored on their first six possessions during the first half, giving them a 38-7 lead. That was more points than they scored in four quarters this season against Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, Samford and Tennessee, according to The New York Times.
When Bennett, who finished a distant fourth in voting for this year’s Heisman Trophy, left the game with 13:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, he had completed 18 of 25 passes for 304 yards, averaging 12 yards per pass. His two rushing touchdowns were the most in an NCAA title game since Vince Young scored three TDs against USC in the title game that followed the 2005 season.
Bennett was efficient through the air, spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. Tight end Brock Bowers was his favorite target making seven catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. Ladd McConkey caught two touchdown passes from Bennett and Adonai Mitchell caught a 22-yard pass for a score with 26 seconds left in the half.
In addition to Bennett’s two touchdown runs, Georgia got another rushing score from Kendall Milton and Robinson’s two rushing scores.
Georgia rolled up 589 yards of offense, collecting 32 first downs and 335 yards through the air. The Bulldogs gained yards on the ground at a 5.8-yard clip per carry, finishing with 254 yards.
The Bulldogs also dominated time of possession, holding the ball for one tick under 37 minutes.
Bennett’s counterpart, Max Duggan of TCU, was harassed all night by Georgia’s defense, throwing a pair of interceptions. Duggan, the Heisman Trophy runner-up to USC’s Caleb Williams, had one shining moment — a 60-yard pass to Darius Davis in the first quarter that led to the Horned Frogs’ only touchdown.
That narrowed Georgia’s lead to 10-7 and gave TCU a glimmer of hope. But the Bulldogs quickly took over and dominated the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs had the second-best defense in college football during 2022, allowing just 12.8 points per game. It showed against the Horned Frogs, who were held to nine first downs and 188 yards of total offense.
Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, won defensive MVP honors.
For TCU, it was a bitter loss. The Horned Frogs were aiming for their first national title since the 1938 season, when TCU went 11-0 to take their only crown.
This year’s squad rebounded from a 5-7 season during Sonny Dykes’ first year as head coach of the Horned Frogs.
On Monday night, Georgia scored more points than it did in its last two CFP final appearances. The Bulldogs scored 23 points in an overtime loss to Alabama in January 2018 and had 33 points last year in their victory against the Crimson Tide.
The victory allowed Georgia to join Alabama and Clemson with multiple titles in the CFP era. The Crimson Tide won three times, after the 2015, 2018 and 2020 seasons. The Tigers won twice, earning the trophy after the 2016 and 2018 seasons.
The last team to win back-to-back national titles was Alabama, which did it after the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Previously, only seven teams have won back-to-back national titles in NCAA history. The Bulldogs came into the game knowing that teams attempting to win back-to-back titles during the CFP era are 0-3.
They sneered at that statistic in a big way.
Georgia’s victory was another reason for the Southeastern Conference to crow. It was the SEC’s fourth straight national title and the sixth through nine seasons of the CFP format.
Cox Enterprises joins the JA Chick-fil-A Discovery Center in Atlanta to help students discover what their futurescan holdATLANTA, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cox Enterprises proudly cut the ribbon on their storefront in JA BizTown at the JA Chick-fil-A Discovery Center. As a business in JA BizTown, the Cox storefront gives 6th grade students a glimpse into the realities of adulthood while offering them an opportunity to navigate those complexities in an authentic, hands-on environment. Cox joins more than 4...
Cox Enterprises joins the JA Chick-fil-A Discovery Center in Atlanta to help students discover what their futurescan hold
ATLANTA, Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cox Enterprises proudly cut the ribbon on their storefront in JA BizTown at the JA Chick-fil-A Discovery Center. As a business in JA BizTown, the Cox storefront gives 6th grade students a glimpse into the realities of adulthood while offering them an opportunity to navigate those complexities in an authentic, hands-on environment. Cox joins more than 40 other local and national companies at the JA Chick-fil-A Discovery Center, which serves more than 30,000 middle school students annually.
"As a board member of JA for almost 10 years, days like today are really special to me," said Dallas Clement, president and chief financial officer for Cox Enterprises. "Creating community resources like JA BizTown is a big reason why we partner with Junior Achievement, and it is an important part of Cox's goal to empower 34 million people to live more prosperous lives by 2034."
Cox has been a Junior Achievement of Georgia sponsor since 1997, and employees regularly volunteer at the JA Discovery Center. JA Discovery Centers are authentic environments where middle school students connect knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world concepts. Students work alongside their peers and adult volunteers in JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® as they develop a greater understanding of financial concepts, build 21st century skills, and foster their entrepreneurial spirit.
JA BizTown allows 6th grade students to interact within a simulated economy and take on the challenge of starting and running a business. After in-class curriculum around the circular flow of the economy and what it means to be a citizen, students have a job within one of the many storefronts in JA BizTown, and they learn what it's like to work that job. Students earn (and spend!) a paycheck, pay taxes, vote for their elected officials for the day, and ultimately work with their peers towards a common goal of paying back their start-up loan. Volunteers guide students through the simulation and provide their own life experiences to help students discover the endless opportunities their futures can hold.
JA Finance Park allows 7th and/or 8th grade students the opportunity to manage a household budget and learn about personal finance. After in-class lessons on subjects like budgeting and credit scores, students are assigned a random 'life situation' with an education level, salary, and family scenario. They visit storefronts representing the major line items in a budget – housing, utilities, food, etc. – and work towards providing for themselves and their families within their assigned means. Throughout the day they apply for car and home loans and discover the impact a credit score has on financial well-being. Volunteers guide students through the simulation and provide their own life experience to bring authenticity to the experience.
"We are grateful and excited to officially welcome Cox Enterprises into JA BizTown," said John Hancock, President and CEO, JA of Georgia. "Cox's presence in the simulation space will give our students an inside look at a large multinational communications company that is headquartered right here in their own community. We are looking forward to students being able to experience their futures through the lens of the Cox brand."
With locations in Atlanta, Cumming, Dalton, Lawrenceville, Savannah and soon to be Augusta, more than 40 percent of all middle school students in Georgia participate in this programming.
About Junior Achievement of GeorgiaJunior Achievement (JA) of Georgia is a business- integrated education partner with expertise in experiential learning that successfully develops key mindsets and skills for students to lead meaningful and successful lives. JA's high-impact programs drive long-term outcomes in areas of financial literacy, career readiness, and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit, and are delivered by corporate and community volunteers. JA of Georgia offers multiple programs, with a focus on middle and high school students, including in-class programs, JA BizTown, JA Finance Park and 3DE by Junior Achievement. JA of Georgia serves 100,000 students statewide in an average year. JA of Georgia has offices in Atlanta, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah. For more information, visit georgia.ja.org
About Cox Enterprises Cox Enterprises is dedicated to building a better future through our leading communications, automotive and media companies. Our major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Automotive, and we are strategically investing in new industries and emerging technologies, with sizeable interests in cleantech. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Cox is a global company with $20 billion in annual revenues. Founded in 1898 by Ohio Governor James M. Cox, the company is a family-owned business committed to its people, communities and planet. To learn more about Cox, visit coxenterprises.com.
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Jooyoung Kim, the Dan Magill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Sports Communications, teaches an undergraduate advertising class in Spring 2022. Kim joined the Grady College faculty in 2004. (Photo: Dorothy Kozlowski (ABJ '10)/UGA Marketing & Communication)Jooyoung Kim, the Dan Magill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Sports Communication, has been named director of the ...
Jooyoung Kim, the Dan Magill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Sports Communications, teaches an undergraduate advertising class in Spring 2022. Kim joined the Grady College faculty in 2004. (Photo: Dorothy Kozlowski (ABJ '10)/UGA Marketing & Communication)
Jooyoung Kim, the Dan Magill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Sports Communication, has been named director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research.
Tudor Vlad, the current Cox International Center director, will assume a new role as executive director. Vlad has led dozens of international training missions and welcomed hundreds of visiting journalists from around the world to UGA over many years of service to the college.
“Dr. Kim brings a highly successful international program, the Business and Public Communication Fellows Program, under the Cox International Center, marshalling the college’s international training center and its resources,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “I’m excited to see the Cox Center continue enriching media operations around the world through its training and international research.”
Kim is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Cox Center and continue its mission.
“Through interdisciplinary collaborations with Grady faculty and other excellent units at UGA as well as external experts and organizations worldwide, I hope to continue to build the Cox Center as a global hub for mass communication knowledge production and training,” Kim said.
Kim is the founder and director the Business and Public Communication Fellows Program, a program inviting experienced communication professionals from different countries to study for one year at Grady College. The program, founded in 2010, operates in conjunction with the Cox International Center and has graduated more than 100 students.
“Now under the Cox International Center, the program will flourish even more by attracting international scholars in a wide range of disciplines related to mass communication,” Kim said.
Kim is a professor of advertising and specializes in research on the roles of advertising in branding context and perception. His research also examines advertising and brand communication in the sports context. Kim also directs the Advertising and Branding Insights Studio at UGA to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations that focus on research-driven insights in advertising and branding using various scientific approaches. Kim serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interactive Advertising and was secretary last year of the American Academy of Advertising, an organization dedicated to advertising science and research. He is the co-founder and current vice president of the Korean American Faculty Association at UGA, an organization committed to increasing the visibility of its members and mentoring the Korean and Korean American students on campus.
The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research began operations in 1985 and is dedicated to conducting media training programs involving countries all over the world, and conducting and publishing research reports on a variety of topics related to the practice of journalism around the world.
Among the activities in the past year that the Cox Center has directed are the development of a series of civic and media management courses for the African Civic Engagement Academy and hosting a group of 21 journalists from the country Georgia for training in digital media.
The Cox Center is named for the late James M. Cox, Jr., chairman of the board of Cox Enterprises and a major figure in the communications industry in the United States in the twentieth century.
Podcast: Students embrace community journalism through The Oglethorpe Echo, with Dr. Amanda Bright.
Listen to Grady Research Radio Apple Podcasts/Spotify/Stitcher In 2021, after hearing that The Oglethorpe Echo, the community paper of Clarke County’s neighbor, Oglethorpe County, was shutting its doors, Grady College […]
Pleiss was previously Cox Enterprises VP, Strategy and Value RealizationATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cox Enterprises announced Carolyn Pleiss as its new senior vice president and chief information officer, effective Oct. 2.In this role, Pleiss will define and deliver IT strategy and capabilities that are applicable across the company. This includes architecture, security and compliance, application development, infrastructure and program management. ...
Pleiss was previously Cox Enterprises VP, Strategy and Value Realization
ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Cox Enterprises announced Carolyn Pleiss as its new senior vice president and chief information officer, effective Oct. 2.
In this role, Pleiss will define and deliver IT strategy and capabilities that are applicable across the company. This includes architecture, security and compliance, application development, infrastructure and program management.
"Carolyn has a clear vision of where we need to go as an organization and will help us build on strategies already in place," said Dallas Clement, president and chief financial officer, Cox Enterprises. "Her years at Cox perfectly position her for this role and we're excited to see how she helps us reach the ambitious goals we have for the future."
Pleiss joined Cox AutoTrader Publishing in 2007 before moving to Autotrader.com, where she successfully led its agile transformation. In 2015, Pleiss led the Cox Auto Technology integration team as part of the Dealertrack acquisition. As VP, agile delivery, she implemented a product delivery framework that increased the alignment, transparency and consistency of how Cox Automotive performed product planning, prioritization and delivery across the organization.
Prior to Cox Automotive, Pleiss led her own consulting business, where she worked with companies including The New York Times, Boston Globe and others to deliver personalized methodologies and lead enterprise initiatives.
Pleiss is an Agile Certified Professional (ACP) and was named one of the 100 Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal, as well as a Woman of the Year Honoree by Women in Technology. She currently serves on the board of Literacy Action, the oldest, largest, and leading adult basic education nonprofit in the Southeastern United States.
"Being part of the Cox family has given me so many opportunities to do interesting and impactful work in the technology space," Pleiss said. "I am thrilled to be leading our Cox Enterprises Technology team into the future, as we enable our business partners to reach their highest potential through innovation and new ways of working."
About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is dedicated to building a better future through our leading communications, automotive and media companies. Our major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Automotive, and we are strategically investing in new industries and emerging technologies, with sizeable interests in cleantech. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Cox is a global company with $20 billion in annual revenues. Founded in 1898 by Ohio Governor James M. Cox, the company is a family-owned business committed to its people, communities and planet. To learn more about Cox, visit coxenterprises.com.
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The way Mary Cox sees it, the job of pastor’s wife can be one of the most difficult and most rewarding in ministry.“There are times when not everyone will like what you do, what you say, or even how you dress,” Cox said. “There can be a lot of pressure, but God gives us the strength and grace to push through so that we can enjoy the blessings that come with the role.”For nearly two decades, Cox has led the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s ministry to pastors’ w...
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The way Mary Cox sees it, the job of pastor’s wife can be one of the most difficult and most rewarding in ministry.
“There are times when not everyone will like what you do, what you say, or even how you dress,” Cox said. “There can be a lot of pressure, but God gives us the strength and grace to push through so that we can enjoy the blessings that come with the role.”
For nearly two decades, Cox has led the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s ministry to pastors’ wives, a role that allowed her to serve as their confidant and supporter. Now, the joyful Christian lady with the effervescent smile has retired from the role she pioneered in Georgia to give her full attention to being a pastor’s wife, mother, and “Gigi” to five grandchildren.
“We’re sad to see her go,” said W. Thomas Hammond Jr., executive director of the state Mission Board. “She has sacrificially championed our pastor’s wives with honor and grace. “For years, Mary’s ministry has been an example for other state conventions to learn from and follow. She has been a true friend and encourager to pastors’ wives in good times and bad. When the tough times came, they always knew they could count on Mary. Without exception, she was there for them, and she understood what they were dealing with because she has been a pastor’s wife herself for more than 35 years.”
Cox’s husband, Frank, is pastor at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville.
“I love being a pastor’s wife,” she said. “It has always been my desire that every pastor’s wife would love her role as I do. Of course, the position comes with its ups and downs. Are churches perfect? No. Will people disappoint us from time to time? Yes, because we don’t live in a perfect world. But the impact a pastor’s wife can make can be life changing. It is a high calling.”
Cox joined the Mission Board in January 2004, becoming the leader of the ministry to pastors’ wives on an interim basis, agreeing to stay only as long as it took to find someone else. She fell in love with the role and stayed permanently.
“It’s been a real blessing to serve pastors’ wives over the years,” she said. “I feel like God has a great role for the wife to play in the church, to serve and support her husband. He needs that one person he can go to who will be positive and encouraging, and that’s his wife. It can be exhausting. But the reward is so fulfilling.”
Catherine Jackson, president of the group Georgia Baptist Convention Ministers’ Wives, said Cox has been a mentor and encourager to many.
“She’s just the sweetest thing,” said Jackson, whose husband Jeff is pastor at First Redeemer Church in Cumming. “Everybody loves Mary. She has a heart for pastors’ wives. She knows what they’re experiencing, what they’re going through, and she’s there for them.”
Pastors’ wives are uniquely positioned, Cox said, to be positive role models for the churches they serve.
“God calls us to reflect His character,” she said. “If we put Him first, everything else will fall into place.”
Cox believes the greatest asset any pastor has is his wife.
“She knows her husband best,” Cox said. “She knows the highs and lows, the hills and the valleys. She’s his No. 1 encourager, his best friend, the one he can talk things out with, knowing that he can fully trust her.”
The decision to leave the Mission Board, Cox said, wasn’t an easy one.
“I have always trusted that God would make it clear when it was time to end this chapter in my life,” she said. “I felt like he said, ‘It’s time.’ I will greatly miss ministering in this role and the many friendships that I have made along the way.”
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