Brad Boydston

Office Address:

Covenant Living of Florida
9215 West Broward Blvd Ste 100

Plantation, FL 33324-2407 USA


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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 which focused on serving immigrants, homeless men, and at-risk children. I was the bi-vocational pastor and church planter. Currently, I serve as the lead chaplain at Covenant Living of Florida.

I am also the executive minister of SEEDS for PIU, a non-profit corporation, which supports the mission of Pacific Islands University by providing teachers and scholarships.

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. I'm currently noodling on the question -- If being "sent" is defining and core to what it means to be a follower of Jesus, what does that look like when because of age or disability we are less mobile?

San Jose, California; Scotts Valley, California; Berkeley, California; Pasadena, California; Tempe, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Selah, Washington; Euless, Texas; Turlock, California, Mangilao, Guam, and Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona.

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.

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. For many years I taught the Vocational Excellence class for newly 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 instructor teaching PIU students over the Internet. I teach:

evangelism and discipleship (undergraduate and graduate seminary)

introduction to world missions (undergraduate)

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)

critical thinking and logic (undergraduate)

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


Covenant Project Missionary in Micronesia. We were seconded to Libenzell USA.

President of the Covenant Ministerium for four years.

Secretary of the Covenant Ministerium.

Administrator of the Covenant Ministerium Facebook group

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've mentored students through the online BTh program at South African Theological Seminary.

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

I enjoy discussing and learning about early church history, Eastern Orthodoxy, Celtic Christianity, Franciscan thinking, 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.


BradBoydston.com / boydston.us -- my blog

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

CaminoMercedMusic.com -- Cheryl's music

DailyTexts.org -- my interaction with the Moravian Daily Texts

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

MasterPieceChurch.org -- MasterPiece Church, Laveen, Arizona

• SEEDS for PIU -- Mission organization supporting the work of Pacific Islands University


Meandering around town on my bike... (When we lived in Phoenix, I pedaled over 5,000 miles a year locally.)

Cargo bikes...

Winter cycling in the Sonoran desert...

ECHO Global Farm in N Ft Myers, Florida...

Dolphin watching...


The ukulele (especially my Blackbird Clara concert uke and my Flea soprano uke)...


Saguaro National Park, Arizona...

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i

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...

  • Cheryl (wife) -- in Florida with me, songwriter, retired.
  • Kirk (son) -- linguist and knowledge/relevance analyst working for Sama 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 a Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department, currently in Washington, DC with his wife Sam Boydston, née Morrow. They have two sons.
  • Betsy (daughter aka Elizabeth Costa) -- like her mother a UC Berkeley grad (Go Bears!), PhD (genetics) from UC San Francisco, postdoc at Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently a product manager for Ginkgo Bioworks in Boston, Massachusetts.
Gardening -- veggies, watermelon, 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 the California Rare Fruit Growers.)



Walking on the beach with Cheryl...

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

I often 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.