Lloyd Geering was born in Rangiora in 1918, educated chiefly in Otago, and holds honours degrees in Mathematics and Old Testament Studies. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he served in Kurow, Dunedin and Wellington. He held Chairs of Old Testament Studies at theological colleges in Brisbane and Dunedin before being appointed as the foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He was married to Nancy McKenzie in 1943 (d. 1949), to Elaine Parker in 1951 (d. 2001) and in 2004 to Shirley White of Christchurch. He has three children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Since his retirement in 1984 Lloyd has continued to lecture widely throughout New Zealand and overseas. He was a regular columnist on religious topics for the Auckland Star and the NZ Listener. He was awarded an Honorary DD by the University of Otago in 1976, a CBE in the New Year Honours in 1988, made a PCNZM in 2001, and admitted to the Order of New Zealand in 2007.