Geoffrey S. Childs is also author of The Golden Thread (1986, General Church Press). He was ordained into the ministry of the General Church of the New Jerusalem in 1952, and since then has served as pastor in various cities in the United States, Canada, and South Africa, as well as serving as President of the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA from 1987 to 1992. Rev. Childs is married to Helga Synnestvedt Childs, and they have eight grown children. He passed into the spiritual world at age 82 in February, 2009.