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Make smart, God-honoring decisions
about the space you use in ministry

Ready to build or renovate? Before you do, let’s work together to understand the big picture. Well-meaning, dedicated teams can be so eager to solve today’s challenge that they undermine the story you’re trying to tell or miss an option that will work better over the long haul. No building can do the work of ministry, but a thoughtful process and disciplined design can prepare you to be more effective.

Prepare

A well-articulated purpose simplifies
decision-making and builds unity.

  • Put the why, what and how of your organization into words
  • Seek counsel without surrendering leadership
  • Identify spaces and features that should be part of the solution
  • Lay out a flexible strategy for growth

Design

Great design is the product
of discipline – n
ot dollars.

  • Benefit from wisdom gained through years of experience
  • Explore options early and minimize second guessing
  • See what’s possible through images and digital models.
  • Be good stewards of time and resources

Build

Walking a project through construction
isn’t your day job – it’s ours.

  • Choose a project delivery method that matches your priorities and values
  • Work closely with construction professionals to avoid expensive mid-course corrections
  • Monitor construction progress and expenses

 

Need to get ideas on the table quickly?
Want to engage your people in the work ahead?
Accomplish both. From DayONE.

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Nailed It!

Chances are, none of these church’s stories matches yours.
But as far as they’re concerned, Good City found the answer they needed.

OLD IS THE NEW NEW

OPEN DOORS

MEET THE NEIGHBORS

REBUILD THE CITY

testimonials

We’ve worked with some amazing people…

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church Mauldin
First Baptist Church Gaffney
FPC-Augusta
Tryon Presbyterian
Taylors First Baptist Church
Grassy Pond Baptist Church Gaffney
QuestChurch Grovetown GA
State Street Baptist Church
Edwards Road Baptist Church Greenville
Palmetto Baptist Church Powdersville
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Summit Church logo
Advent UMC
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Downtown Presbyterian logo
Reidville Rd UMC
Westminster Spartanburg
Heritage Bible Church
Capstone Church
St Matthew BC
Talatha Baptist Church logo
Cherokee County Meals on Wheels

Covenant Community OPC

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Alpha & Omega Primary School, Kuribara, Uganda
Augusta Road Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
Bethlehem Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC
Center of Worship Christian Church, Mauldin, SC
Cheohee Baptist Church, Tamassee, SC
Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, SC
Christian Heritage Church, Greer, SC
Church of the Epiphany, Port Said, Egypt
Church of the Holy Comforter, Martinez, GA
Concord Baptist Church, Anderson, SC
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, SC
Episcopal Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, SC
Fellowship Greenville, SC
First ARP Church, Gastonia, NC
First Baptist Church, North Augusta, SC
First Baptist Church, Westminster, SC
First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC
Friendship Baptist Church, Lugoff, SC
Golden Corner Church, Walhalla, SC
Journey Church, Huntersville, NC
Lighthouse School, Gaza City, Palestine
Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC
Mosaic United Methodist Church, Evans, GA
Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
New Beginnings Outreach Ministries, Greer, SC
North Hills Church, Taylors, 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 Church, Greenville, SC
St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca, SC
Townville Baptist Church, Townville, SC
Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans, GA
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC

 

LEGEND       Current or Recently Completed Project       Project Location



  • Ron was with us at every step of our arduous journey. He answered our questions,  gave us options, and brainstormed with us. His understanding of the inner workings of a church were invaluable.

    Dr. Craig Karriker, Chair, Building Committee, Gaffney First Baptist Church
  • It‘s rare to accomplish all of the project goals, on schedule and under budget, but that’s 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
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  • Ron cared about us as an organization, beyond just a client relationship. He tried to understand our personality and goals first and then find ways to meet our priorities.

    L. Arthur Ringger, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Greenville, Greenville, SC
  • Ron ably guided us and worked within our timeframe. He exhibited personal faith, a calm and patient demeanor, communication skills, and planning expertise, that made the entire process rewarding.

    J. Richard Cottingham, PE, Co-Chair, Building Team, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca, SC
  • We were impressed that Ron was able to make our vision into something greater than we‘d dreamed. He led us with grace. Our meetings were productive, instructive and enjoyable.

    The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Taylor, Church of the Holy Comforter, Martinez, GA
  • They took the time to understand our purpose and vision and methodology for doing what God has called us to do. We are grateful they worked within both our budget and culture.

    Dan Brooks, Pastor, Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC
  • Mr. Geyer listened to our ideas, separated desires from needs, and helped us develop a plan that was unique, functional and adaptable. He understands church politics and faith-based principles.

    J. Wade Padgett, Building Committee Chair, Wesley United Methodist Church, Evans, GA
  • Good City didn’t start by asking us what kind of building we wanted, but rather, asked us who we were and who we were trying to reach. The design was born out of those conversations. They listened.

    John Kenney, Pastor, Quest Church, Grovetown, GA
  • We wanted to create a community center in which the Church could meet. We talked to others about helping us with this design, but Ron understood our vision and what we wanted to accomplish.

    Walt Tanner, Vision and Teaching Pastor, Capstone Church, Fountain Inn, SC
  • Hiring Good City was an excellent decision. We were able to develop a long term plan, and build something that helps us now and makes sense for future generations of our church.

    Rev. Jordan Bird, Pastor, Talatha Baptist Church, Aiken, SC


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About Good City

In Jeremiah 29:7, God’s people are told to seek the welfare (good) of the city to which they are sent. Centuries later, Jonathan Edwards reminded us that a man of “right spirit” has concern for the city in which he dwells. Voices as diverse as Aristotle, Isaiah, Kemmis and Keller have spoken to the redemptive power of the built environment.  Architecture can’t save us, but it has the power to symbolize and serve the best that we can envision.  It’s our hope that Good City will be part of projects that have an impact greater than their footprint.

Ronald E. Geyer, Principal

Ron Geyer is an architect and interior designer with more than 35 years experience serving ministries, businesses and cultural organizations. Along the way, he’s become a master at helping full-time and volunteer leaders spell out the needs and aspirations that drive important projects, rally members, and equip churches to reach and serve their community. At the same time, he’s produced great buildings that guard resources and speak volumes about what’s going on inside.

questions

Questions?

Does Good City build churches?

No. We design them. Our job is to help you figure out 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.

Does Good City participate in “design-build” projects?

Yes. We’ve been successful using design-build, construction manager at risk (sometimes called “negotiated”), traditional design-bid-build, and a few more project delivery methods. But we don’t think one particular approach is “best” for all circumstances. Each offers advantages and challenges that should be matched to your ministry’s priorities.

How much do Good City’s services cost?

It depends. (Sorry). Both construction costs and design compensation are driven by complexity of the project, the value we offer, the efficiency of the owner’s decision-making process, and the timeline. Good City is uncomplicated and efficient, but 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 propose a precise fee once we know more about you and the challenges you’re facing.

What style buildings does Good City design?

We don’t show up with a particular style in mind, but confess a preference for simple structures that stand the test of time and can accommodate the changing needs of ministry. 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 each.

What if my church isn’t nearby?

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.

How can we get started?

Call or email Good City at the number or address at the bottom of this page. We’d love to learn more about your ministry!

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News from the City

 

Reidville Road UMC in the News

A 25-year-old Reidville church that expects to soon outgrow its facility is planning to expand. Reidville Road United Methodist Church on Reidville Road near Highway 417 has selected an architect

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Cherokee Meals on Wheels Planning Expansion

Good City Architects has completed preliminary planning for an expansion of the Cherokee County Meals on Wheels facility on West Montgomery Street in Gaffney, South Carolina. Meals on Wheels was

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Let’s Talk

GOOD CITY SUPPORTS

Contact us at one of the following locations

  • Email: rgeyer [at] goodcityarch.com
  • Phone: (864) 360-9292
  • Mailing Address:
    PO Box 27234
    Greenville, SC 29616-7234
  • Shipping Address:
    100 Orchard Park Drive, Unit 27234
    Greenville, SC 29616-7234

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Good News Club
A ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship, whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.

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Engineering Ministries International
A not-for-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.