Rev. Dan Boyd, Pastor
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”(NIV) Romans 12:1 - 2 is one of my life verses. I always want my vision to be focused on the Lord’s mercy. I want to be transformed by Jesus. I want to live a life that is good, pleasing, and perfect in His mercy and will.
I was born to Leland and Bonnah Boyd in Fort Worth, Texas on May 4, 1960. Darla is my elder sister – by 13 months. (A fellow follower of Jesus, she teaches violin in an elementary magnet arts school in the Houston, Texas area.) After a time in Kingman, Arizona and Kermit, Texas, my family made Lubbock, Texas our home.
I focused on academics, choir, and basketball in school, attending and graduating from Dunbar High School, Lubbock in 1978 (Go Panthers!). This experience was unique and life-enhancing in that the student body was 80% African-American, 15% Hispanic, and 5% Anglo. Great years of my life.
The Dallas, Texas area became my first home after college. I started a career as a marketing research analyst for MPF Research in Dallas (1983-1986) and focused on marketing research for real estate development corporations. I also assisted in the development of a research model pinpointing the need for new school construction based on predicted school zone attendance increases for the Plano ISD.
I married Renee Anderson on November 23, 1985 at St. Luke UMC in Lubbock, Texas. Renee has a B.A. in International Economics, a minor in Spanish, and is a certified ESL and Secondary Spanish teacher. I married “way above my head.”
While active in leadership of the Junior High ministry at First United Methodist Church of Carrollton, Texas, I answered a call to ministry in 1986. Renee and I moved to the Lexington Kentucky area from 1986-1989 where I earned a M.Div. from Asbury Theological seminary. At the same time St. Luke UMC – Lexingtion, KY. gave me a place to grow as a pastor by allowing me to be their assistant pastor. Rev. Lindsey Davis, recently retired as Bishop of the Kentucky Annual Conference, was my senior pastor.
The first ten years of ordained ministry I served churches in the North Texas Annual conference at Holliday/Dundee Texas, Honey Grove, Texas and at Tyler Street UMC in Dallas. While living in Honey Grove, our family expanded as we adopted our son, David, at birth. He is now 20 and a student at NMSU in Las Cruces.
We moved back to Lubbock in November, 1998 where I served as Adult Ministries Pastor and then Executive Pastor of LakeRidge UMC for eleven years. (1998-2009) In 2000 our family expanded again as we adopted Taryn, at birth. Taryn, now 17, loves life, hurting and broken people, and anything that thrills! While in Lubbock Renee also earned certification as a trained CASA volunteer.