Today, May 5, 2016 would have been the 99th birthday of Evangelist Dr. Joe Boyd. He went to heaven on June 1, 2009. I will forever be indebted to him for his investment in me and my family. He helped my father, Evangelist Carl Brandenburg as dad started in evangelism in the 60's and I was privileged to enroll in the Joe Boyd Summer Seminars of Evangelism in 1979. As I boarded the motorhome with Dr. Boyd to travel with him for that summer I had no idea that my life was about to change forever. As I contemplated the impact this great Soldier of the Cross had on my life and ministry I remembered an article I had written for the 1997 Leadership Conference at Mt. Salem Revival Grounds. I would like to share it with you today...
Dr. Joe M. Boyd
Missionary – Evangelist – Hero
Dr. Boyd was born on May 5, 1917 in Jacksonville, Texas. He was reared in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He was saved at the age of twelve.
Dr. Boyd has been outstanding in every area of endeavor that he has undertaken.
The first area of endeavor was that of sports.
Dr. Boyd is a natural athlete. His accomplishments in the world of sports are legendary. As a youngster he joined a gang, a rough gang, just so that he could play football. (That made his preacher daddy REAL happy.)
Dr. Boyd excelled on the football field. In college he became an All-America tackle at Texas A&M. He played on the 1939 National Championship Team. He also played in the 1940 Sugar Bowl. His name is inscribed in the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.
He was a championship boxer at Texas A&M. He was a championship wrestler at Texas A&M. He was the first round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in the 1940 NFL Draft.
. . .But sports are not Dr. Boyd’s legacy.
The second area of endeavor was that of the business world.
Dr. Boyd graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation he went to the Todd Galveston Shipyard in Galveston, Texas. His position was that of Assistant Chief Accountant.
. . .But the business world does not possess Dr. Boyd’s legacy,
The third area of endeavor is that of the Revival Trail.
At the age of 27 at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas Dr. Boyd surrendered to preach the Gospel. In 1947 Dr. Boyd graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Master of Theology degree. In 1976 he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana.
While the world thought Joe Boyd’s large strong body was built for football,
We Fundamentalists know that God built him for PREACHING
(Who else could stay on the road after sinners for over 60 years?)
We know Dr. Boyd not as a FOOTBALL HERO,
But as FUNDAMENTALISM’S HERO.
We know him not as a FOOTBALL STAR,
But as a godly Christian pointing sinners to THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.
We know him not as a GREAT BOXER,
But as a GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT.
We know him not as a GREAT WRESTLER in the ring,
But as one who WRESTLES NOT WITH FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS.
Dr. Joe M. Boyd’s legacy is not in football trophies,
But rather in countless TROPHIES OF GRACE — Sinners that he has won to Christ.
His legacy is the three churches he pastored.
His legacy is the churches he started.
His legacy is the over 3000 revivals he has held. (More local church revivals than any man in history.)
His legacy is the Baptist Evangelistic Schools of Texas (B.E.S.T.) that he started.
His legacy is the six books he has authored.
His legacy is the Mt. Salem Revival Grounds in West Union, West Virginia.
His legacy is the countless Preacher Boys he has trained. The Randy Taylors, the Oliver Araizas, the Dennis Corles, the Gary Lovens’, the Jay Hubbards, the Doug Brandenburgs and many more that we could not name.
Yes Dr. Joe Boyd is a hero,
THE HERO OF FUNDAMENTALISM.