About/Vita

Brad Boydston
Address:

PO Box 1113
Laveen, AZ 85339-1113 USA
Email:
brad@boydston.us

Phone:
+1-602-903-5085

Skype: BradBoydston
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PURPOSE:
My purpose is to cultivate growth in the lives of people and churches, so that through my care, teaching, and preaching they may more fully participate in the mission of God.

I was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1985. I have pastored congregations in Turlock, California; Bedford, Texas; and Selah, Washington. In 2010 we started MasterPiece Churchan ECC congregation in Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona that focuses on serving immigrants, homeless men, and at-risk children. I am the bi-vocational pastor and church planter.

I have special interests in Christian leadership formation, global mission development (especially in multi-cultural contexts), missional theology, helping to start new congregations, and in the revitalization of older churches.

HOME HAS BEEN:
San Jose, California; Scotts Valley, California; Berkeley, California; Pasadena, California; Tempe, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Selah, Washington; Euless, Texas; Turlock, California, and Mangilao, Guam.

FORMAL EDUCATION:
Willow Glen High School in San Jose, California (Class of '74); BA, Arizona State University (1980); MDiv (1984) & DMin (1993), Fuller Theological Seminary. I also studied at San Jose City College, San Jose State University, New College Berkeley, and North Park Theological Seminary. In 1983 I completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Good Samaritan Medical Center (now Banner – University Medical Center) in Phoenix, Arizona.

TEACHING:
In addition to the standard pastoral fare of weekly preaching and teaching adult and youth classes over the years, I have taught the building bridges with Mormons series, an introduction to church planting in the Covenant Church, the spontaneous church planting component of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, an introduction to the Internet for Christians, and a re-envisioning your ministry seminar. I teach the Vocational Excellence class for credentialed ministers in the Covenant Orientation program.

I served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Pacific Islands University (Pacific Islands Bible College), where I also taught on both the undergraduate and graduate levels for three years. I continue to serve as an adjunct professor and devote about 25% of my working hours to teaching PIU students over the Internet. I teach:

evangelism and discipleship (undergraduate and graduate seminary)

spiritual formation (undergraduate)

spiritual foundations for ministry (graduate seminary)

church planting (undergraduate)


preaching (undergraduate)

theology (undergraduate and graduate seminary)

world religions (undergraduate)

basic Bible study methods (undergraduate)

I enjoy teaching English as Second Language classes to immigrants in the community.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES & SERVICE (past and present):


Covenant Project Missionary in Micronesia.

President of the Covenant Ministerium for four years.

Secretary of the Covenant Ministerium.

Member of the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Board of the Ordered Ministry and its executive committee.

Church planting coach (Anglo & “ethnic” congregations)

Chair of the Management Advisory Committee at Covenant Village of Turlock.

President of TEAM (Turlock Evangelical Association of Ministers)

Member of the Turlock Community-University task force.

Volunteer chaplain at Emanuel Medical Center.

• Member of the board of directors of the Laveen Community Council.

• Member of the board of directors of the Covenant Child Care Center.

Field education supervisor for students from Dallas Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, Trinity Theological College.

Area representative for North Park Theological Seminary.

I mentor students through the online BTh program at South African Theological Seminary.

LANGUAGES:
I dabble, with little mastery, in Spanish, Swedish, and Greek.

DIVERSIONS:
I enjoy discussing and learning about early church history, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, European Pietism, Anglicanism, Ecumenics, theological education, distance education, and electronic culture. I have been a member of the Society for the Study of Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism.

I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERAL WEBSITES:

Boydston.Global -- highlighting some of our international work

BradBoydston.com / boydston.us -- my blog

UkeLagoon -- fun stuff ukulele related

MySpin -- The "Authorized Boydston Paraphrase" (ABP) -- a freestyle biblical adaptation -- somewhere between paraphrase, commentary, and sermon

CaminoMercedMusic.com -- Cheryl's music

DailyTexts.org -- The Moravian Daily Texts in easier English

FreshFishFood.org -- a collection point for my sermons, stories, and music

MasterPieceChurch.org -- MasterPiece Church, Laveen, Arizona


FAVORITE THINGS:
Meandering around town on my bike... (I pedal over 5,000 miles a year locally.)

Cargo bikes...

Winter cycling in the Sonoran desert...

Dolphin watching...

The ukulele (especially my Blackbird Clara concert uke)...

Birding...

Saguaro National Park, Arizona...

Clear, warm, sunny, winter days...

South Florida...

Cairns, Queensland...

Satsuma mandarin oranges and cara cara navels...

Key lime pie...

Chromebook computers...

New churches...

Old churches...

“I Know That My Redeemer Liveth”, the soprano aria in Handel’s “Messiah”...

Flip-flops on my feet...

Family...
  • Cheryl (wife) -- in Arizona with me, songwriter, works for KKW Trucking routing loads and processing billing.
  • Kirk (son) -- linguist and knowledge/relevance analyst working for Samasource from his home in Amsterdam, Netherlands -- UC San Diego grad.
  • Kent (son) -- After graduating from both UC Irvine and UC San Diego, Kent earned a certificate in Korean at Yonsei University in Seoul. He now works as an International Trade Compliance Analyst at the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Married to Samantha Boydston, née Morrow.
  • Betsy (daughter aka Elizabeth Costa) -- like her mother a UC Berkeley grad (Go Bears!), PhD (genetics) from UC San Francisco. Postdoctoral Associate at Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Married to Helio Costa.
Gardening -- veggies, watermelon, turmeric, sweet potatoes, cacti, citrus, jujube, tropical fruit (mangoes, guavas, jackfruit, dragon fruit [pitahaya], figs, pomegranates, pineapples, coffee)... I want to grow cacao and make my own chocolate... (Member of Arizona Rare Fruit Growers, a chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers.)

Guam...

Bach...

Walking on the beach with Cheryl...

Most anything CHOCOLATE but especially Scotchmallow dark chocolates from Sees’ Candies...

THE REASON
I sometimes use a cane when I walk or need to stand for long periods is because I have Psoriatic Arthritis. Cycling helps keep my joints limber. I control some of the symptoms by maintaining a vegetarian diet.