Rev. M. Christopher Boyer became Pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Lynnwood in 2005, following a 27 year career in professional and academic theatre as an actor, director, technician, administrator and educator. In December of 2012, he was selected to fill an unexpired term on the Lynnwood City Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, where he is currently President. Pastor Boyer is an alumnus of Rice University and of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
During his theatrical career, he was Coordinator for the acclaimed Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville for four years and served as administrative head for such theatres as A.D. Players, Stage One: The Louisville Children’s Theatre, New Harmony Theatre, Lincoln Amphitheatre, and Seattle’s Taproot Theatre Company. He also taught Theatre Administration at Bellarmine University in Louisville and on selected topics at University of Southern Indiana, where he also managed the theatre program. His career includes producing at the New Victory Theatre, part of the New 42nd Street Project in Manhattan, as well as producing two video projects in conjunction with the British Broadcasting Corporation.
In addition to his theatre career, Rev. Boyer has served as an executive for other arts institutions, including Seattle’s Northwest Girl Choir, and in the social service field, where he was Executive Director for Interfaith Community Council in southern Indiana and Director for Communications at Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, the state’s largest provider for children and family services. Prior to being called by Good Shepherd Baptist Church, he also served as interim pastor at Shutesbury (MA) Community Church and at First Baptist Church of Evansville, IN. From 2008 through 2012, Rev. Boyer served as Ministry Associate for the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches, of which Good Shepherd Baptist is a constituent.
Christopher has also served on many arts, social service and other community boards, including as Chairman of the Lynnwood Arts Commission, President of the Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation and Treasurer of Christians in Theatre Arts, an international networking and educational organization for believers expressing their faith through the theatre. He has also acted as convener for the South Snohomish County Ministerial Association and has been an official mentor/supervisor for students at Fuller Seminary Northwest and Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. For four years, Rev. Boyer was a regular contributor to The Enterprise/Weekly Herald of Snohomish County, writing a monthly column on faith issues. He continues to act as a consultant for theatres and non-profits across the country. A native of St. Louis, he counts as his most profound blessings his marriage of 29 years to Connie, and their children: Kit, Colleen & Sean.