Local Christian comedian to perform for benefit
Konos Productions presents Christian comedian Steve Geyer and Christian recording artist John Waller on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, in Fayetteville.
Dessert will be served and there will be a silent auction to benefit Konos, a home-school hybrid academy in Fayetteville and Peachtree City.
This is an adult-only event. Amid the laughter, comedian Steve Geyer deals with the serious issues of his own childhood abuse. Growing up in a single-parent home in Florida, Geyer was the youngest of three siblings. On the outside his family appeared normal, but in private the abuse grew more violent with time. Geyer and his siblings banded together to survive the trauma, and humor became a way to bring peace and control to the situation.
In college, Geyer tried his hand at open mic nights at local comedy clubs. He went on to work as a nightclub entertainer opening for acts such as Sinbad, Billy Crystal, and Ray Romano. His partying at the time left him at the bottom of his ability to cope one night, and he drove to a church he’d once visited. The gospel rang true for him, and Geyer’s life changed forever. Geyer moved to Nashville in 1986 and was married his wife Kathy in 1988. “She was really the catalyst for opening my eyes to the relational aspect of what it meant to be a Christian,” he said.
Through a church in Nashville, Steve connected with a group of men who mentored him and helped him grow and mature in his faith. Performing at a New Year’s Eve bash, he was invited by the husband and wife musical duo Farrell and Farrell to go on tour with them, and that launched him in Christian comedy. Geyer got a record deal with Star Song Records, and went on to record a live video and three comedy albums. He has toured with many Christian artists including 4HIM, Point of Grace, DeGarmo & Key, DCTalk, and White Heart. He’s been the featured speaker at many Christian festivals including Jesus Northwest, Atlanta Fest, and Texas Alive.
In 1998, Geyer gave up entertainment to work with youth and went on to serve as an Associate Pastor in Fayetteville, GA ministering to special needs children and their families, and promoting missions primarily to Haiti till the spring of 2013. His last trip to Haiti was especially memorable because he became seriously ill and returned to Fayetteville to recover.
Geyer is now at full steam and has once again returned to speaking and comedy full-time, but not at the exclusion of his ministry. “My comedy works because I’m not just an entertainer but rather my stories about being in the third world, about what’s happening in people’s lives — these are current and relevant and ministry is always part of who I am. I talk about real life, about what’s going on in people’s lives and in the church right now.”
Joining Steve Geyer on Nov. 15 will be recording Christian artist John Waller. John and his wife Josee live in Coweta County. For many years, the Wallers have had a heart for adoption. Their large family includes their six natural children and three siblings they adopted from the Ukraine.
Waller was named one of ten “Faces to Watch” in 2007 by Billboard Magazine. Waller’s song “While I’m Waiting” is featured in the film “Fireproof.” He wrote the song in ten minutes, but its theme was the 17 years he waited for a break in the music business. He currently is one of the worship leaders at New Hope Baptist Church, South Campus, Fayetteville. Tickets for the event are $10. For more information on the Nov. 15 evening with Steve Geyer and John Waller, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . * * *
Konos Connection is a non-profit, accredited education center supporting home school parents in teaching from a Christian worldview.