At age 9, George Roath lost his grandmother, who had been a powerful influence in his life. His parents split up shortly thereafter, and Roath’s father basically checked out of his life.
“I felt like I lost my youth. All of a sudden, I went from being a brother to more of a father,” Roath said. By age 14 he was working to both support himself and help raise his four younger siblings, and his older sister. At home, he had no men to look up to, no healthy outlets for expressing his frustration, and seemingly no way out. But God used caring adult men, including USC’s Chuck Allen, to instill hope, confidence and perseverance in Roath.
George overcame the obstacles in his life to earn two degrees, become a business owner, youth pastor and the youngest USC Board Member.
“Through Christ, all things are possible,” Roath stated, and with “determination, motivation and community, success is always possible.”
Read his entire story of transformation from troubled urban teenager to successful young adult.
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