Bios / History
Geoff – singer/songwriter/producer/missionary
Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Geoff came to California in 1981 to join the music and mission's organization, Celebrant Singers, where he spent 18 years participating in and eventually leading outreaches to some 43 countries around the world. In 1999, he ended his tenure there as Director of Development, and became the President of Tulare County Outreach, Inc. and co-founded Full Sail Ministries, a mission of TCO, Inc. Its mission, to "use the arts to communicate God's heart", takes place through their concert, retreat, and film ministries. Recently, he has led teams of musicians in outreaches to Thailand and Albania. In the past 8 years he has been involved on the production of several feature films such as Mercy Streets, Time Changer, SIX, and The Visitation. He is Executive Producer of Karen Kingsbury's Like Dandelion Dust, to be released in 2009.Geoff grew up in a tight-knit Christian home filled with love and laughter. However, tragedy struck 3 years ago as the oldest of his brothers was killed in a car accident. It was the beginning of a year of many other losses and deep sorrow, a year of reaching out and finding God in his own brokenness. From his personal experience of God's faithfulness, therefore, he shares from the painful and yet humorous sides of life.
Jill – singer/speaker/missionary
Raised in the small farming community of Archbold, Ohio, Jill came to Visalia, California in 1983, after graduating with a BA in Secondary Education from Calvin College, to follow her call to missions through the Celebrant Singers. She led with her husband, Geoff, outreaches in over 40 countries. In 1999, she co-founded Full Sail Ministries and, along with home-schooling their four beautiful children, manages the ministry office and schedules all ministry events. Jill has written several in-depth Bible Studies, which she shares through FSM's retreat ministry and speaks in women's retreats, events and conferences throughout the US and Canada, as well as the countries of Albania and Thailand.Having struggled for years with the pain of rejection and self-hatred associated with being born with birth defects, Jill's heart was literally captivated by the Lord Jesus at age 16 when she received a deep and lasting emotional healing that set her free! Now, all of her sharing and teaching from the Word are delivered from the greatest passion in her heart - to know God and be known by Him.