Good Shepherd Baptist Church is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated Ministerial Staff:
- Rev. M. Christopher Boyer, Pastor
- Lee Campbell, Pastor Emerita
- Rev. Stephen Guantai, Associate Pastor
- Rev. Jorge Saquic, Associate Pastor
And in our historic Baptist heritage, we affirm that Every Member is a Minister.
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. He has also served the Lynnwood community as a member of the City Council, from 2013 – 2017, serving as council president in 2016, and now is a member of the Lynnwood Housing Policy Committee. 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. He is now a member of the board of directors of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC.
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. He is currently vice-chair of the board of directors for Evergreen and treasurer for the Washington Baptist Convention.
Christopher has also served on many arts, social service and other community boards, including as President of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, 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. In 2013, he was the recipient of the “Rev. S.G. Wilson Spiritual Leadership Award” from the NAACP of Snohomish County. A native of St. Louis, he counts as his most profound blessings his marriage of 37 years to Connie, and their children: Kit, Colleen & Sean.
Rev. Stephen Guantai
Rev. Stephen G. Guantai was born and raised in Meru, Kenya, East Africa. After attending Methodist Training Limuru Theological College (currently Kenya Methodist University) in Limuru, Kenya (BDiv), he has studied for his MDiv at Seattle School of Theology and Ministry.
He is married to his beloved wife Florence Gituma and God has blessed us with three lovely children: Philemon, Irene, and Daniel. Stephen believes his wife Florence has been a great support to him since he began his work as a pastor. He views his family as the beginning of his mission to reach the larger society.
Stephen served with the Methodist Church in Kenya for seven years as circuit minister, from January 1995 to April 2000. He preached in his native language of Kimeru as well as in Swahili and English and served his congregations in several other tribal languages.
Stephen is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church in Kenya. He came to the United States in 2000. He did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Program in Kennewick, Washington for three months prior to attending one year of Clinical Pastoral Education at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
Stephen and his family joined Good Shepherd in 2013, where they feel at home and became fully involved in the life of Good Shepherd Baptist Church.
Currently, Rev. Guantai serves as an associate pastor. He teaches Sunday School for all ages, preaches in the Sunday morning worship services, and, for more than two years he has conducted a monthly fellowship service for African immigrants and other nationalities.
Stephen strongly believes that God has a purpose for his life, for him to be His servant. He also believes that Christian ministry seeks to impact meaning in life in the midst of social injustices and oppression from any force.
Christ’s redemptive love is to be made known to all people along with the glory of God. It is for this reason that Stephen is answering God’s call to plant a church here, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, which will be part of GSBC’s Weekly Service.
Rev. Jorge Saquic biography coming soon!