Dr. Will Boyd, Jr.

Will Boyd (born 1971) is the presiding Bishop of Zion Ministries and the eighth pastor of a 158-year-old church in Florence, Alabama—St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. He is a former assistant adjunct professor and Dean of Student Success. He was the first African American elected to the office of City Councilman in Greenville, Illinois. On February 9th, Boyd received Democratic nomination to become Alabama’s 31st Lieutenant Governor.

Life and early career

Boyd was born in Florence, South Carolina. He graduated from Mayo High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at the University of South Carolina. Boyd later earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religion, and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Christian Psychology with a Christian Worldview from various institutions of higher learning.  He was also awarded honorary doctorates in Divinity and Christian Counseling.

During his undergraduate years at USC, Boyd served as local chapter President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an Engineering Student Assistant at South Carolina Electric and Gas, Co., and a South Carolina House of Representative page to Former State Representative Denny Neilson (D). Before transitioning into “full-time ministry” and public service, Boyd worked in the United States and The People’s Republic of China, serving as a Manufacturing Engineer, Production Manager, and Quality Manager.

Boyd is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and served in several offices.  He is a consecrated Patriarch and Metropolitan Archbishop with oversight of churches around the world.  Boyd also serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Care Authority of Lauderdale County and the City of Florence, Alabama.

Boyd’s higher education experience includes serving as Dean of Student Success & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management at Greenville College and Chancellor at St. James the Elder Theological Seminary. He published three books entitled: Scratching the Surface; Can You Hear Me Now? How Active Listening and Continuous Articulation of Core Values Can Improve Leadership Effectiveness in Any Organization, Even the Church; and Watch God!
He is married to Vida Boyd, a human resource professional. They have three children and they reside in Florence, Alabama.

Politics

Boyd served as a City Councilman in Greenville, Illinois before becoming a candidate for U.S. Senate. He ran for the seat left vacant by then U.S. Senator Barak Obama upon his election to President of the United States. Boyd and his family moved to Alabama and he later was elected to the Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee and now serves as chairman. In 2016, Boyd became the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Representative for Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. Desiring to serve God and county, Boyd ran for the U.S. Senate seat won by Senator Doug Jones in 2017. Following the U.S. Senate primary, Boyd was elected to Alabama’s State Democratic Executive Committee. On February 2nd 2018, Dr. Will Boyd became the first Democrat who qualified to run as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.