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weather he quarried rock and dug wells. He seems to have been converted
through the preaching of Otterbein and he at once became an earnest
Christian. For a while he read printed sermons to his congregation.
Discerning that Geeting was capable of doing better than this, Otterbein
had a friend come up behind the young preacher and take the book out of
his hand. Geeting was thus thrown back on his own resources, yet
delivered an impressive discourse. In 1783 he was ordained as a minister
of the Reformed Church. The Geeting meeting house, a small log
building dating from a little before the beginning of the Revolution, is believed
to have been the first house of worship built by Otterbein’s followers of the
revival movement. Otterbein was too great a man to be cast out of the
Reformed Church, yet Geeting v/as expelled for “wildly fanatical”
preaching that was at variance with “decency and order”. Thenceforward,
his home was with the new church, of which he has been called the St.
John, and also the Apollos. He was the traveling companion and adviser of
Otterbein. His house was a favorite stopping place for Newcomer and
other early preachers. His meeting house was an Antioch to the young
church and many revivals took place here. Geeting died in 1812 at the age of
seventy-three years. Otterbein, Boehm and Geeting were the “clover leaf” of
the early church, and their departure occurred at nearly the same time. This
coincidence, coming as it did in the formative period of the church, had a
depressing effect. Much depended on the new leadership that became
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