Vale Geoff Risson

April 2nd, 2015

Geoff Risson passed away on Thursday the 26th of March after a battle with cancer.

Geoff had a long and impactful ministry as a local church minister at Arana Hills, Maroochydore and Westside Church of Christ, as well as Devonport Church of Christ. He then went on to ministry at the State level in Queensland, where he was the Executive Director of the Resource Missional Team  (2003), and in 2008 was appointed the interim Executive President of the Queensland Churches of Christ Conference, stepping in at an extraordinarily difficult stage in the life of the Conference. His skilful, relational but firm manner steered the Queensland churches through to a foundation that is still being built on today. His knowledge of the churches and their background, combined with a depth of spirituality and a highly relational manner, made him the man for ‘such a time as this’. Geoff also lectured in Preaching and Evangelism at the Kenmore Christian College (of which he was a graduate) and had been the Queensland Conference President in 1991. In 2013, he co-authored the history of the Queensland Churches, The Church From the Paddock. 

But he was more than a summary of titles and achievements –  he was a loving husband to his wife, Margaret, and a loving father and grandfather. To his colleagues and friends, he was warm, funny, compassionate and full of integrity.  He was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. His impact on the churches in Queensland is significant. His impact on those who knew him was profound. He resonated the character of Christ without being perfect, and he shone the light of the Christ whom he loved deeply wherever he went.

He will be missed.