Simon Peter' to come alive in Van Buren

Christians have long studied the life of Simon Peter, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus.

This disciple was honest, yet impetuous; sincere, yet sometimes stubborn; capable of love and hate, of cowardice and also enormous courage; and yet a man who loved his Lord with all his heart.

At 7 p.m. March 20, Holy Thursday, Jim Geer and his team will come to Hillview Community Church at 7382 O'Brien Road in Baldwinsville to present his impersonation of Simon Peter. Geer's interpretation of this character from the Bible will be an honest picture of who this man was, sharing some of the joys and conflicts of personally knowing Christ and actually walking and talking with him.

Listening to Simon Peter will lead the audience to be a part of the agony of his denial of the Lord, and then through the victory and blessing of forgiveness. Through Geer's realistic presentation, his audience is drawn into the events of the life of Simon Peter. His listeners are caught up in the emotion and challenge of what happened in Peter's relationship with Christ.

Jim Geer is a native of Central New York, the son of the late Francis and Dorothy Geer of Pulaski. He and his wife, Linda, have traveled widely to give the dramatic presentation of Simon Peter dozens of times over the years. Hillview will be his 174th performance. They also went on a three-week tour of England, which included as many performances as possible. They are accompanied by Mary Haskell, who will perform as vocalist, and Jim Holmes, who contributes his skills in lighting and staging. This production is open to the public without charge. A free-will offering will be received at the door following the performance to help defray the team's travel expenses.

The Geers live in Endicott. They have four children, now grown. Dr. Geer is a professor emeritus in applied mathematics at nearby SUNY Binghamton. He continues to be involved in research and some teaching.

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