ERIC & KAYE GEIGER
Eric grew up in the New Orleans area and started following Jesus his senior year in high school. He took his first church staff position his freshman year of college, when he served his local church as their youth pastor. For the last seven years, Eric has been senior vice-president at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee and has been responsible for the Resources Division, overseeing 450M in revenue and several thousand employees. During this time, his love for the local church did not subside. Eric continued to teach as an interim, guest, and bi-vocational pastor. Before his time at LifeWay, Eric was the executive and teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship in Miami, Florida. Eric was instrumental in creating systems, structure, and strategy to support the church’s expansion from around 1000 to nearly 8000 in attendance in just 7 years. Eric has authored and co-authored nine books, including the best-selling church leadership book Simple Church, which has greatly influenced our strategy at Mariners.
Kaye grew up in a small town in North Louisiana, the youngest of five children in the loving home of a high school principal (her father) and school cafeteria worker (her mother). While Kaye is deeply passionate about her own family, she has devoted her life to investing in other families too. In her career both as an elementary school teacher and mental health counselor, Kaye has sought to serve Jesus by loving children and their families well. Kaye was rescued by Jesus at 9 years old and believes kids are often capable of understanding so much more than we give them credit. Kaye received her master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Dayton.
Eric and his wife Kaye have been married for nearly twenty-two years. They met in college when Kaye became the freshman president of a collegiate ministry and Eric was asked to “mentor” her because he was the freshman president the prior year. He gladly accepted! They were married while in college and since have had two daughters, Eden (10) and Evie (8). Both girls are excited about moving back to a place near the ocean. For the last several years Kaye has been teaching school at the same school their daughters attend.
Visit EricGeiger.com for Eric’s leadership blog
Eric and Todd Adkins co-host the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, a podcast that simply asks five questions of different leaders about their leadership or other important topics. The aim of the podcast is to inform and encourage Christian leaders whether they serve in the pastorate, the business world, non-profits, or on a volunteer basis.
Messages from Eric’s Men’s Bible Study Curriculum
The True You
A recent message Eric taught at Highpoint Church
A message for student and youth leaders
Simple Church was named the 2007 Christianity Today Book Award winner in the Church/Pastoral Leadership category and was recognized by Outreach Magazine as the Best Outreach Leadership Training Resource of 2007. Simple Church is built upon an extensive research project that has challenged thousands of church leaders to embrace a simple church design. Ultimately, the book challenges and teaches leaders to design a strategic process that moves people through stages of spiritual growth.
Most churches merely exist.
Many churches do not develop leaders intentionally and consistently. When leaders emerge from some churches, it is often by accident. Something is missing. Something is off. Eric and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders. All three are essential for leaders to be formed through the ministry of a local church.
How to Ruin Your Life: and Starting Over When You Do
To bring strong and tall buildings to the ground, demolition experts strategically place tiny explosives throughout the structure of a building so that the building will topple on itself. Instead of destroying the building from the outside, they destroy it from within. In the same way many great men and women have imploded, and others are well on their way. Eric offers a sobering reminder that many great and godly people have imploded, and none of us are above the risk. Looking at the story of David’s infamous implosion, we learn how to ruin our lives (so we won’t), and also how to find hope if we do–as all of us need His grace.