Dr. Will Boyd is the presiding Bishop of Zion Ministries and pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church—a 159 year old church in Florence, Alabama. He is currently seeking the office of chair of the Alabama Democratic Party. Will 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. In 2016, he served as the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Representative of Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. Not long thereafter, he was elected chairman of the Lauderdale County Democratic Executive Committee. Desiring to serve God and country, 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. Unopposed in the Democratic primary, Dr. Will Boyd was the 2018 nominee for Lt. Governor (D-Alabama).
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. He later earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Religion, and a Doctor of Psychology with a Christian worldview (PsyD). He was also awarded honorary doctorates in Divinity and Christian Counseling.
Boyd served as the local chapter President of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) while at the University of South Carolina, an Engineering Student Assistant at South Carolina Electric and Gas, Company, 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, including Chapter Basileus. He is a consecrated Patriarch and Metropolitan Archbishop with oversight of churches around the world. Boyd also served 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!
Dr. Will Boyd is married to Vida Boyd. They have three children and reside in Florence, Alabama.