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February 13, 2014

Tending the flock for a quarter of a century-Pastor celebrates 25 years at same church

Mayo — Reverend Steven A. Boyd has served as pastor for 25 years at Hatchbend Apostolic Church (HAC) in Lafayette County. Although being at one location for a quarter of a century as pastor, he and his congregation go out to several different places in the county and surrounding counties to minister to others and to teach about God.

Growing up to be minister

Boyd was born in Winter Haven, Florida and said his grandfather actually founded HAC and pastored there for 40 years. While still in elementary school, his parents moved from Central Florida to Lafayette County.

“My parents moved here to kind of help my grandparents as they were a little older at this point,” said Boyd.

After graduating high school in Mayo, Boyd went back to Winter Haven because of more job opportunities. During the next 10 years, Boyd accepted his call to the ministry and said as long as he could remember, he felt the calling. Also during that time he met his wife, Jacqueline.

Although he didn’t receive formal training or attend seminary, he had the privilege to be mentored by Pastor Billy H. Tummond whom he and others highly regarded and he described as, “ ... a very good man and very wise man.” Boyd, for several years, received excellent one-on-one instruction preparing him and his wife to be evangelists as they traveled all over the United States.

“This church (HAC) needed a pastor, the position became available and they called and asked us if we would consider coming,” said Boyd. “Our focus was evangelizing and that’s where we felt we were supposed to be.”

Boyd said within weeks of accepting the position, he and Jacqueline knew they had made the right choice. He became elected to serve as pastor of HAC on Jan. 14, 1989.

He has also for 10 years served on various boards and wore several hats, which include national evangelist director, district youth committee and various roles within the Florida District Youth Department. For 15 years, Boyd served on the board as a presbyter for Florida District United Pentecostal Church International and since 2009 has been volunteer chaplain for the Florida Department of Corrections.

When Boyd thinks back of the time he’s been at HAC, he almost can’t believe it.

“It just doesn’t seem like 25 years to be honest,” said Boyd.

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