Northwest Nazarene University will confer an honorary degree on John Boyd at the Swayne Auditorium of the NNU Brandt Center on Wednesday, September 13 at 10 a.m. He will be honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa for his life of service to others.
Boyd has personified the mission, objectives and ideals of NNU through his work with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Boyd joined MAF in 1993, serving as a missionary pilot in Zaire, Haiti, and Lesotho. In this role, he supported the ministry of missionaries, local churches, medical missionaries as well as relief and development organizations.
In 1998, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of MAF-South Africa based in Johannesburg. Four years later, Boyd served as Vice President of Ministry Advancement at MAF-US headquarters. In 2008, the board of directors of MAF-US appointed John as President and Chief Executive Officer. As president and CEO, Boyd is responsible for the ministry's strategic direction, assuring that MAF remains true to its mission and the Great Commission.
MAF-US operates a fleet of 51 light aircraft from 17 bases in seven countries in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America. Each year, they fly over two million nautical miles to speed the work of some 600 Christian and humanitarian organizations. MAF flights support indigenous churches and local evangelists, create access to medical care, provide disaster relief, and make community development projects possible in some of the most remote places on earth.
"John has given all of his energy and all of his time to one passion—reaching the most remote people on planet earth with love and compassion,” said Eric Kellerer, Director of NNU. “The full impact he has had on the very poorest people in the world may never be known in our lifetime."
Please join us for chapel on Wednesday as we honor Boyd.
NOTE: Edited 9/13/17 to add photo of degree conferral.