Architecture for ministry

Good City Architects works with churches all across the Carolinas and Georgia, guiding them through the process of articulating objectives, thinking strategically, and devising practical solutions to the challenges they face.

Our calling, simply put, is to be a blessing. We do that by helping leaders and communities of believers make smart, God-honoring decisions about the places they build, renovate, and use in ministry.

Ronald E. Geyer, AIA, NCIDQ, Principal

Ron Geyer is an architect and interior designer with more than 30 years experience serving ministries, businesses and cultural organizations. Along the way, he’s become a master at helping full-time and volunteer leaders articulate the needs and aspirations that drive important projects, rally supporters, and equip organizations to better serve their communities. In the process, he’s produced great buildings that guard resources and speak volumes about what’s going on inside.



A Thoughtful Approach – from DayONE

Smart, dedicated teams are sometimes so eager to find a solution for now that they may not stop to uncover long-term answers that are better aligned with ministry purposes.

Starting with DayONE, our intense discovery and design approach, Good City explores how you’re wired – your “Why?” chromosome – to understand not only what you need, but the motives and vision that drive your work. We’ve learned to ask questions – and listen to the answers – that have power to strengthen ministry, encourage team members, and leverage resources.

Start when you’re ready

We can tailor the process to match your culture and calendar

Seek counsel

Get community input without surrendering leadership responsibility

Choose wisely

Explore and evaluate multipleplans and strategies

Bring your vision to life

See what’s possible through digital models and inspiring images

Avoid expensive mid-course corrections

Identify building materials and systems and test costs early

Be good stewards

Make the best use of time and money


Case Studies

Chances are, none of these church’s stories match yours. But as far as they’re concerned, Good City nailed it.
We blended new and old and resources and dreams to build compelling platforms for ministry.


We’ve served some amazing people




Augusta Road Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
Bethlehem Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC
Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, SC
Christian Heritage Church, Greer, SC
Church of the Holy Comforter, Martinez, GA
Concord Baptist Church, Anderson, SC
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, SC
Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC
First ARP Church, Gastonia, NC
First Baptist Church, North Augusta, SC
First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC
Friendship Baptist Church, Lugoff, SC
Golden Corner Church, Walhalla, SC
Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC
Journey Church, Huntersville, NC
Mosaic United Methodist Church, Evans, GA
Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC
Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Taylors, SC
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Moore, SC
Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC
Eastside Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC
Shannon Forest Christian School, Greenville, SC
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Greenville
St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca, SC
Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans, GA
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC


  • It is rare to accomplish all of the project goals, on schedule, under budget, and with no dissatisfied members, but that is what we were able to accomplish, in great part due to your experience and wise counsel.

    Mike C. Harris, Building Committee Chairman, First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA
  • Ron brings the total package to the table in a way that few architects can. His vision and foresight is unparalleled in the industry.

    Tim Troutman, Senior Project Manager, R.D. Brown Construction Co., Inc., North Augusta, SC
  • We found Ron to personally care about us as an organization beyond just a client relationship. He and his staff tried to understand our personality and goals as an organization first and then plan in ways that would meet those priorities.

    L. Arthur Ringger, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Greenville, Greenville, SC
  • The Vestry unanimously approved the Master Plan. While such an overwhelming endorsement reflects favorably on your professional skill, it more clearly demonstrates your full participation in a process that, for us, was a spiritual journey. It was obvious to all who worked close with you that you were guided as much by your deeply held Christian principles as by those provided by your training as an architect.

    Mickey A. Pierce, Senior Warden, The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC
  • Ron Geyer ably guided us and worked within our time frame. He exhibited strong personal faith in addition to his experience and expertise in the planning and development of religious facilities. His calm and patient demeanor, as well as communication skills, made the the entire process rewarding.

    J. Richard Cottingham, PE, Co-Chair, Building Team, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca, SC
  • We were impressed by how they listened to our vision and how Ron was able to make that vision into something even greater than what we had dreamed. Ron was the epitome of grace in leading us from start to finish. Our meetings were always productive, instructive and enjoyable.

    The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor, Church of the Holy Comforter, Martinez, GA
  • Ron Geyer and his team have been a great blessing for Heritage. They have taken the time to get to know us as a church family, to understand our purpose, our vision and even our methodology for doing what we believe God has called us to do. We are also grateful for the way they worked within the parameters of budgetary concerns and cultural considerations.

    Dan Brooks, Pastor, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC
  • I found Mr. Geyer to be extremely willing to listen to our ideas, to have an ability to separate our desires from our needs, and help us develop a plan that was unique, functional and adaptable. He has a unique understanding of church politics and faith-based principles.

    J. Wade Padgett, Building Committee Chair, Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans, GA
  • Your building has delivered time and time again in spades. From informal private dining, to barbecue dinners for 450+ to the seated event today – it does it all!

    John Holmes, Building Committee Chair, Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC
  • Positive in their outlook, good to work with, and gave us a product I believe our church will enjoy for the foreseeable future. They were able to deal not only with architectural problems but with the interpersonal problems that arise when artistic sensibilities run headlong into financial realities.

    Dick Lincoln, Pastor, Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC
  • You challenged us to state our Mission and where we thought God was leading us. You led us through a process of assessing our needs, no small task for a new, fast-growing church with the result that we were all unified in our concept and mission. The results of your efforts are absolutely wonderful. I would recommend that any church seeking a Spirit-led building experience utilize your talents.

    R. Dean Hackett, Chairman, Facilities Planning Team, Eastminister Presbyterian Church


In Jeremiah 29:7, God’s people are told to seek the welfare (good) of the city to which they were sent. Centuries later, Jonathan Edwards reminded us that a man of “right spirit” has concern for the city in which he dwells. It’s our hope that Good City will be part of projects that have an impact greater than their footprint.
No. We design them. Our job is to help you figure our what’s best for your ministry and resources. If that means a new building or renovations (it doesn’t always) we’ll translate what’s been decided into working drawings, help you find the right contractor, and be there through the entire construction process.
It depends. (Sorry). Both construction costs and design compensation are driven by complexity of the project, the efficiency of the owner’s decision-making process, and the timeline, giving the impression that design fees are simply a percentage of construction cost or a calculation of man-hours. (As a percentage, though, fees tend to decrease as construction costs increase.) Good City is uncomplicated and efficient. Our greatest value comes through our experience with and insight into the needs of Christian ministry and the realities of “doing church.” We’ll be happy to talk about fees once we know more about you and the challenges you’re facing. 
We don’t show up with a particular style in mind. We’ve served a variety of denominations (and non-denominations), worship styles, vintages, and cultures, and have always sought to find an aesthetic that serves the goals and honors the heritage of our client.
Fortunately, architecture and construction aren’t short order cooking. Good City typically works in the Carolinas and Georgia and engages consultants in the communities where we work. A two- or three-hour drive simply means we’ll have thought through the issues just a little bit longer.
Call or email Ron Geyer at the number or address at the bottom of this page. We’d love to learn more about your ministry!

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    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Phone: (864) 360-9292
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