The Authors

Dick & Pat GeyerPat Geyer is a senior chaplain ordained by the International Fellowship of Chaplains (IFOC) and is certified by the IFOC as a trainer.  She has received the Certificate of Specialized Training in Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention and the Certificate of Specialized Training in Emergency Services from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).  She is a member of both IFOC and ICISF.  She is the Crisis Intervention Specialist for the Carroll County, Maryland Sheriff’s Office. The National Sheriffs’ Association awarded Pat the 2012 Medal of Merit for her valuable contributions to the field of criminal justice and law enforcement, and she has received the certificate of Traumas of Law Enforcement Training from Concerns of Police Survivors. Since volunteering following Hurricane Katrina (that’s where God called her into the chaplaincy), Pat has served as a chaplain at a number of disaster sites across the country and in Haiti.  She is a chaplain with Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s Rapid Response Team.  She has received extensive Federal Emergency Management Agency training and certification, training in suicide prevention and intervention, first aid training, and additional training in other areas related to chaplain work.  Pat is a speaker for emergency service agencies and private organizations, encouraging and educating those who serve others in need, are victims of traumatic experiences, or are interested in volunteering.  She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Red Cross Blood Program for her county in 2009.  Pat is fluent in American Sign Language and has served as a deaf ministry leader within the church.  She was the owner of an image consulting business, and a hair and cosmetic salon, retiring after 23 years of work in those fields.

Dick Geyer is a writer, teacher, attorney, former government executive, retired military officer, pioneer, gardener to the community― and a chaplain.  He is a senior chaplain ordained by the International Fellowship of Chaplains and devotes his chaplain services to veterans. He authored When America Turned To God: Spiritual Lessons for our Nation from the Gulf War (HisLink Communications, 2000), a book that was endorsed by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy and included by The Family Research Council and Coral Ridge Ministries among their featured publications.  He has taught Bible studies in three churches and, along with Pat, has led innovative studies that tested the concepts presented in Chaplains of the Bible.  For several years he and Pat led the prayer ministry in their church, and Dick directed a four-year study in the practice and power of prayer―the foundational tool for the chaplain’s toolbox.

Dick had a career as an attorney and manager in a major federal government agency.  Also, he had a parallel career as an Army Reserve officer, reaching the rank of colonel as a judge advocate and earning the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Kuwait during the first Gulf War.  In his retirement, he has served veterans in several ways, including helping a number of them obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A member of the Maryland Defense Force, he is certified as a Military Emergency Management Specialist.

Shortly after retiring, Dick discovered four and one-half acres of unclaimed land nearly adjacent to the property he and Pat owned.  Extensive research led to the Maryland Governor’s awarding of a land patent (original land grant) similar to the land grants issued to the pioneers who settled Maryland beginning in the seventeenth century.  Each spring on another part of their land, Dick plants an extensive vegetable garden that is not only a place for him to be alone with God but also yields hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables. Dick shares the produce―through his “First Fruits” ministry―with low-income families and individuals, and senior residents in the local community.

Dick and Pat have four children, seven grandchildren and three rescued cats.  They live on sixteen tranquil acres in Maryland that include eleven-plus acres called “Fellowship Forest” in addition to “Lost Acres,” the patented property.