GOSPEL TRICK SHOT
GTS Show Credits:
8/1998 – Steve Lillis did a GTS Show as a part of the 1998 Hawthorne Gospel Church Summer Bible Conference in which such people as Billy Graham of BGEA, Jack Wyrtsen of Word of Life Ministries, Ron Hutchcraft of RHM Ministries, and other Worldwide Christian Statesmen have appeared in years past. This was the first major public GTS Show.
5/2000, 5/2001, 5/2002, 5/2003, 5/2004, 5/2005, 5/2006, 5/2007, 5/2008, 5/2009, 5/2010, 5/2011, 5/2012, 7/2013, 7/2014, 7/2019 – GTS RACK Team appeared at the BCA (Billiard Congress of America) National Eight Ball Championship and Expo in the Riviera Hotel and later at the Rio in Las Vegas, NV for shows and outreach. Mike Massey, Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman, and Steve Lillis were the featured performers for most of BCAPL events.
2000, 2001, 2002, and 2012 – Steve Lillis did GTS Shows at various Joss Northeast Pro Tour events in such states as Connecticut, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts.
2001 - 2004 - Steve Lillis served as the Chairman of the World Pool and Billiard Association (WPA) Artistic Pool Division (APD)
2001 – 2004 - GTS RACK Team appeared at various WPA (World Pool and Billiard Association) World Artistic Pool Tour events for shows and outreach in both the USA and overseas.
3/2002, 3/2003, 3/2004, 3/2005, 3/2006, 3/2007, 3/2008, 3/2009, 3/2010, 3/2011, 3/2012, 3/2013, 3/2014, 4/2015, 4/2016, 4/2017, 4/2018, 4/2019 – GTS RACK Team appeared at the Hopkin’s Super Billiard Expo in the Valley Forge Convention Center in Valley Forge, PA for shows and outreach.
8/2002, 8/2003, 8/2004, 8/2005, 8/2006, 8/2007, 8/2013 – GTS RACK Team appeared at the APA (American Pool player’s Association) National Championships in the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, NV for shows and outreach.
10/2002, 10/2003, 9/2004, 9/2005 – Steve Lillis did GTS Shows at the NJ State 14.1 Straight Pool Championship in Parsippany, NJ.
12/2002 – Steve Lillis did GTS Shows for the Southeast Pro 9 Ball Tour in Florida.
7/2003, 4/2004, 4/2005, 4/2006, 8/2006, 6/2007, 6/2008, 6/2009, 7/2010, 7/2019 – GTS RACK Team appeared at the BCA (Billiard Congress of America) Trade Shows at various venues for shows and outreach.
2003 – 2009 - Steve Lillis did GTS Shows at various UPA (United States Professional Pool Player’s Association) Tour events in such cities as Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Jacksonville, New York, and Chesapeake, VA at the U.S. Open 9 Ball. Steve has been consistently ranked in the top 32 players in the world on the UPA Tour which was the top professional men’s tour from 2003-2008.
10/2003 – GTS RACK Team appeared at the Midwest Billiard Expo in The Pheasant Run Resort in Chicago, IL for shows and outreach. 6/2004 – GTS RACK Team appeared at the (VNEA) Valley National Eight Ball Championships in the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.
9/2004, 9/2005, 9/2006, 10/2007, 10/2008, 10/2009, 10/2010, 10/2012, 10/2015, 10/2016, 10/2017 - Steve Lillis did a series of GTS Shows at the U.S. Open 9 Ball Championships in the Chesapeake Convention Center in Chesapeake and the Sheridan Hotel in Norfolk, VA. In 2006 and 2007 Steve was given permission by tournament promoter to eulogize fallen pool players, share, and pray over the PA system.
10/2004 - Performed Gospel Trick Shot Show at Grand Central Station in New York City.
6/2005 - Steve Lillis did 14 trick shot shows at 16th Annual International Sports Show in Shanghai, China.
1/2006 - Steve Lillis was invited by the President of the Albanian Billiard Federation to start a billiard academy with a focus on artistic pool. Steve's title was the "Professor of Bilardo Artistica". The academy was attended by an elite group of players and their coaches called Team Albania.
1/2006 - Steve Lillis performed a Gospel Trick Shot Show on the campus of the University of Tirana in Albania and partnered with Campus Crusade for Christ.
10/2006, 5/2008, 12/2015 - Steve Lillis did featured GTS presentations at the Hawthorne Gospel Church in Hawthorne, NJ in the “new” gym as part of their 2006 Fall Missions Conference and 2008 Spring Outreach. In 2015 Steve did three “In Memory of Ella” shows on the GTS portable pool table for the junior/senior high chapel services of the Hawthorne Christian Academy in the “new” gym and one other for the “Serving Hands” group in the Chapel formally known as the Bible House Bookstore.
1/2007 – Steve Lillis did a series of GTS Shows at the “Derby City Classic” in Louisville, KY working in conjunction with GTS/RACK team member Robin Dodson in her booth called Robin’s Pro Shop in 2007.
11/2007 – Steve Lillis did a series of GTS Shows at the Qlympics Billiard Event in Louisville, KY produced and directed by the BCA Pool League.
1/2008, 12/2013 – Steve Lillis did a series of GTS Shows working in conjunction with Dr. Cue Promotions and the “Classic Cup” event and the Derby City Classic produced and directed by Diamond Billiard Products. Steve also helped organize and direct the first RACK Room Sunday morning service for pool players and by pool players. GTS/RACK team members Mike Massey, Tom Rossman, and Steve Geller.
12/2009 - Steve did GTS Shows as part of "Urbana 2009" in St. Louis, MO produced and directed by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship which was attended by 17,000 college students.
6/2010 – Steve Lillis was on a “pool safari” on the islands of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, Africa conducting pool tournaments and doing a series of Gospel Trick Shot shows for the island people in conjunction with missionaries from the Hawthorne Gospel Church in Hawthorne, NJ.
12/2010 - Steve did GTS Shows as part of "Radiate 2010" in Baltimore, MD produced and directed by Campus Crusade for Christ which had 1,500 students in attendance.
8/2011, 9/2013 - The GTS RACK Team of Mike Massey, Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman, and Steve Lillis, launch "RACK Up A Victory" world tour with first stop at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to honor our abled and disabled U.S. Vets and Military who are stationed there.
Appearances at the (CSRM) The Christian Sports and Recreation Ministry Summit in Phoenix in 2009, Atlanta in 2010, Indianapolis in 2011 and Dallas in 2012.
3/2013 – Publication of the first Gospel Trick Shot Book entitled “But You Must! The Steve Lillis Story” written by Steve Lillis with Devra Robledo and the forward by Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman.
Summer 2013, 2014, 2015 - Gospel Trick Shot did a series of shows with the GTS portable pool table in Jones Beach Boardwalk in New York, the Asbury Park and Ocean Grove Boardwalks in New Jersey, and four times in Central Park at the band shell off 72nd Street in NYC.
8/2014 - Saturday night GTS show at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ as part of the "Classic Cup VIII" artistic pool event with a RACK Room Sunday morning service.
2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 – GTS shows at the Monmouth Park Race Track in NJ for the jockeys, trainers, and staff.
5/2015, 9/2018 – GTS “In Memory of Ella” show at the Alexander Hamilton Public School in Paterson, NJ on the GTS portable pool table for the entire school of 700 students.
5/2015 – GTS “In Memory of Ella” show on the portable pool table for the Anaheim, CA public school “Released Time” for religious instruction program end of the year banquet celebration.
1/2016, 1/2017, 1/2018, 1/2019 – GTS RACK Team returns to the Derby City Classic now held in Southern Indiana with a Gospel Trick Shot Booth and team members Steve Lillis, Rodney Fontaine, Brian Pauley, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, Victor Conte, and Michael Hewitt.
7/2016, 7/2017 - NJ and NY campgrounds and Quebec, Canada portable pool table tours with Steve Lillis, Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman, and Chuck Dutcher with 30 total shows at various venues including campgrounds, parks, and churches.
3/2017 - Steve Lillis was the first American professional pool player to compete in Morocco in the Morocco 9 Ball Open in Tangier and did a Gospel Trick Shot show before the finals of the event.
4/2017 - Steve Lillis was the first American professional pool player to compete in Lebanon in the Lebanon 9 Ball International Open in Jounieh, Lebanon and did three Gospel Trick Shot shows.
11/2017 - Steve Lillis and Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman on tour in the Middle East including Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel doing 15 Gospel Trick Shot shows and teaching clinics working with billiard federations in each country and ministries including OM and Calvary Chapel in Israel.
2/2018 - Steve Lillis and Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman on tour in the countries of Albania and Kosovo in the Balkans doing 14 Gospel Trick Shot shows in 10 cities working with 12 churches, McDermott Cues, and Snooker Albania.
3/2018 – 3/2020 – Live PowerPoint presentations in 27 different venues featuring the Middle East and Balkans tours entitled “Building Bridges in the Middle East and Beyond” with Steve Lillis and Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman in 6 different countries.
Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Summer 2019 – Tri State Portable Pool Table Tours with Steve Lillis and Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in various venues including Times Square Church in Manhattan, public schools, rescue missions, parks, churches, summer camps, billiard rooms, coffee houses, racetracks, and hotels.
11/2018 – Gospel Trick Shot Tour of France with Steve Lillis and Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman and translator Jim Percy working with France Pour Christ in and around Lille with 11 GTS Shows including 2 on carom tables, 4 on English pool tables, and 5 on American pool tables.
5/2019 - Publication of the second Gospel Trick Shot book entitled “What’s That in Your Hand? The Gospel Trick Shot Story” written by Steve Lillis. Book tours included the East Coast and a return to Las Vegas in July 2019 to present the book to the billiard industry at the BCA Trade Show.
9/2019 – 10/2019 – The “Woodstick” Midwest Portable Pool Table Tour with Steve Lillis, Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman, Walter Oppermann, Brian Pauley, and Michael Hewitt with venues including an elementary school, churches, community center, prison, drug and alcohol rehab, sport’s pub, and colleges.
2/2020 – 3/2020 – Four-week Portable Pool Table East Coast tour with Steve Lillis and Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman with 21 outreaches in six states including VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, and ending up in Queens, New York. Stops included a prison, 2 youth ranches, 5 billiard rooms, 3 community centers, an outdoor park, a barber shop with a pool table, 3 churches, 2 days at the University of Florida outdoors in front of the student center, corporate business lunch hour show for employees, 2 PowerPoint presentations by Steve Lillis and 2 witnessing tools demonstrations by Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman for an NCS group and a student group.
4/2020 – 1/2021 – GTS RACK goes online with the launching of various videos, podcasts, Gospel billiard songs, columns and articles published on AZBilliards.com, and the launching of the GTS RACK Room live on Facebook.
9/2000 and 9/2001 – Steve Lillis was featured on 270 worldwide radio stations as part of RBC’s Ministries broadcast entitled “Words to Live By”.
2000-2009 – GTS RACK Team members have appeared numerous times on the ESPN broadcast entitled Trick Shot Magic for competition and interviews.
2001 – 2012 – GTS RACK Team appeared in many newspapers, magazines, brochures, flyers, and other printed material both inside and outside the billiard industry. Steve Lillis appeared on the front page of the June 2004 issue of Professor Q Balls Nationwide Billiard Newspaper.
2/2002 - GTS RACK Team did a show that was taped in Willingen, Germany and broadcast on German Television at the conclusion of the 2002 WPA World Artistic Pool Championship.
3/2002 – GTS RACK Team featured in “Inside Pool” magazine article entitled “GTS RACK Power Team Hits the Road”.
6/2003 – GTS RACK Team did a show that was taped in Kiev, Ukraine and broadcast on Russian Television and aired to potentially 290 million people in the former Soviet Union.
12/2003 – Steve Lillis did a GTS Show and interview that was taped by Telesports in Tirana, Albania and aired throughout the country of Albania.
8/2004 – Steve Lillis appeared on ESPN TV as the Master of Ceremonies and Head Referee for the 2004 Men's International Challenge of Champions at Mohegan Sun.
8/2004 – Steve Lillis appeared on ESPN TV as the Master of Ceremonies and Head Table Judge for the 2004 Women's International Trick Shot Challenge at Mohegan Sun.
6/2005 - Steve Lillis interviewed with trick shot show taped for broadcast on Chinese National TV.
1/2006 - Steve Lillis choreographed an artistic billiard show for Telesports TV using his own Gospel Trick Shots and included 10 Albanians demonstrating shots they learned at the academy. RACK Team members Tony "The Comic" Anthony, Marcel Kaiser of Germany and Christian Coffey of Canada participated. The three-hour broadcast received about 40 hours of air time in Albania.
12/2006 - Steve Lillis was interviewed by David Virkler of Dedication Evangelism for the national radio broadcast of "Word and the World".
12/2006 - Steve Lillis appeared on the national TV broadcast of the "700 Club" on ABC Family and other affiliate television stations. The show was rebroadcast in 2007.
5/2009 - Steve Lillis was featured in billiard publications highlighting a GTS tour of the Arabian Peninsula which included working with mission organizations, U.S. Navy, and the National Billiard Teams of Kuwait, U.A.E., and Bahrain.
6/2010 - Steve Lillis and Jason Lynch was featured in billiard publications as part of GTS Africa Tour in conjunction with Thomas Aaron Billiards and McDermott Cues. A GTS team of three Kenyans was formed to minister in East Africa.
6/2012 - GTS RACK Team World Tour continues in the Philippines as Mike Massey, Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman, and Steve Lillis perform 24 shows in 15 cities on three islands with local, national, and world TV and newspaper coverage. Special interview was done by the 700 Club in their TV studios in Manila.
3/2013 - The life story of Steve Lillis “But You Must!” published by Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, Inc. and released on Amazon.com.
7/2016, 7/2017 - Canadian tour advertised on Canadian radio and articles published in national billiard publications in the USA including Professor-Q-Ball's National Pool & 3-Cushion News, Pool & Billiard Magazine, and AZBilliards.com.
3/2017 - Steve Lillis did a live streamed Gospel Trick Shot Show before the finals of the 2017 Morocco 9 Ball Open in Tangier, Morocco.
4/2017 - Steve Lillis did 3 Gospel Trick Shot Shows for the Lebanese Billiard Federation at the Lebanon 9 Ball International Open and a video was published and released worldwide through FaceBook.
9/2017 - Steve Lillis did a Gospel Trick Shot Show for the K Love Radio Single Moms event at the Montclair Community Church in NJ.
11/2017 - Steve Lillis and Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman were on live sports talk TV and had a Gospel Trick Shot show taped for TV both in Tel-A-Viv, Israel along with two different articles published on their Middle East GTS Tour in various American based billiard publications.
5/2019 – A second Gospel Trick Shot book is published called “What’s That in Your Hand – The Gospel Trick Shot Story” written by Steve Lillis.
11/2019 – A continuous column called the “Gospel Trick Shot” of the month begins publication in AZBilliards.com the largest online billiard publication in the world. The shots come from the new book “What’s That in Your Hand – The Gospel Trick Shot Story” written by Steve Lillis.
12/2020 – Testimony Story of Steve Lillis published on AZBilliards.com in the monthly column entitled “Sharing the Light” with former GTS Board member Roger Long.
GTS Countries Visited Around the World:
Germany 2002, 2004
Albania 2003, 2006, 2007, 2018
China 2005, 2012
2009 Dubai and Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Kenya 2010, 2012
Egypt 2010, 2011
Philippines 2012, 2015
Canada 2016, 2017
Lebanon 4/2017, 11/2017
Spain and Gibraltar 2021