The Rev. Adam Boyd was looking for an opportunity to serve as a full-time pastor when he found an online job posting for a flourishing church congregation in north-central Kansas.
There was something about the opening that spoke to the young pastor, and so he decided to inquire further.
Soon, things just fell into place.
Nearly a year later, Boyd, his wife, Kelly, and their children are at home in Lincoln – a move that not only made a congregation whole again, but filled a need that Boyd himself was searching for.
For the past decade, the ministry at Lincoln Community Church was led by the Rev. David Scott. But after some soul-searching, Scott decided it was the right time to retire. And so, in May 2016, he delivered his last sermon.
During his time as pastor, Scott, and his wife, Jeanne, witnessed church membership swell from a mere 17 parishioners in 2006 to 72 members. The church also purchased another building during this time to operate the children’s ministry.
But now with Scott’s absence, the congregation began looking for someone to lead the ministry. Little did church leaders know, but nearly 120 miles away was a young pastor, who was also searching.
For a while, Boyd felt a calling to full-time ministry, and looked to his elders for advice. They recommended he begin looking for potential job openings. That, he said, was when he stumbled upon the job opening at Lincoln Community Church.
“I was looking for a full-time opportunity in a small town,” Boyd said.
And on August 7, 2016, he began serving as the full-time pastor.
Small-town life is nothing new to Boyd, who was born and raised in Abilene.
After high school, he attended Kansas State University, where he would meet his future wife, Kelly, who was studying in the university’s School of Family Studies and Human Services. Boyd graduated with a mechanical engineering degree, while Kelly earned a degree in family and community services.
Following college, he would later work 11 years as an engineer, spending the last two as a bi-vocational pastor. Boyd later earned a Master of Arts degree in theological studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., in 2014, while working as an engineer at Rex Materials Group in Council Grove.
Prior to taking the job at Lincoln Community Church, he served as pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church in McFarland.
Today, the busy couple have a growing family, including three children of their own, ages 9, 5 and 4, and two foster children, ages 3 and 2. Kelly, who previously worked as a program director, homeschools their children.
“Kelly does everything except math,” he said. “That falls to me.”
As a full-time pastor, husband and father of five, Boyd admits his schedule is tight, which doesn’t often permit him to indulge in some of his favorite activities, including disc golf and riding his motorcycle.
“I have an unfortunate addiction to disc golf, and I also enjoy my motorcycle, but with five children, opportunity is scarce,” he said. “Kelly enjoys crocheting and riding with me, but once again, opportunity is scarce.”
By Jennifer McDaniel, for the Lincoln Sentinel