Dr. Geoffrey Van Guns
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey V. Guns is a native of Newport, Rhode Island. He is the son of Dr. Frank Guns, Sr. and the late Rev. Quincey C. Guns. He is a product of the Norfolk Public School System. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Norfolk State University in 1972 after which he served six years as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer.
In 1981, he earned his Masters of Divinity degree from the School of Theology, Virginia Union University graduating Summa Cum Laude. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Religion, Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1985.
Dr. Guns is the Senior Pastor of the Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where he has served since June 1983. Second Calvary is a leader in serving the community and in the area of global missions. He currently serves as State Director, Department of Christian Education of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, Inc. Dr. Guns co-founded the Norfolk Pastors’ Coalition in 2014 to lead local Baptist congregations in addressing urban social and economic problems. Dr. Guns also served as the President of the Virginia Baptist State Convention (VBSC) from 1997 to 2001 and twice as the Moderator for the Tidewater-Peninsula Baptist Association (TPBA). Dr. Guns served as a member of the faculty of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education from 1984-2015. He has traveled extensively to Europe, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Asia, and Africa. He has led several short term mission trips to Israel, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and Uganda.
He has written numerous articles for the Christian Education Informer of the Department of Christian Education of the Sunday School Publishing Board, in addition to writing various Sunday School Quarterlies. Dr. Guns serves as Co-Chairman of the Executive Council of Christian Education for the Department of Christian Education Credentials and Accreditation of the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA. Inc. He serves on the Home Mission Board of the NBCUSA, Inc. He served as a co-author of the annual Townsend Sunday School Commentary, which is published by the Sunday School Publishing Board, since 2008.
He is the author of three books, Church Financial Management (1997), which is published by Providence House Publishers and Spiritual Leadership: A Practical Guide to Developing Spiritual Leaders in the Church (2000), published by Orman Press, Inc., Introduction to the Bible: An Easy to Read Guide to Its Origin and Purpose (2014), published by Townsend Press, Inc. and From Ruin to Restoration: A Study of the Prophetic Writings of Haggai (2018), published by Townsend Press, Inc. He has written numerous Bible Studies and other training materials.
He is married to the former Rosetta Harding of Richmond, Virginia. She retired in 2017 as a School Social Worker from the City of Chesapeake Public Schools. They are the parents of two daughters, Kimberly Jackson, an educator and Nicole Guns, a licensed minister. Dr. Guns and Lady Guns have two granddaughters, Kennedy and Sydney.
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