Bishop Neal Anthony Boyd, 61, of Springfield, Massachusetts passed from this life the morning of Saturday, September 25, 2021. He was born on January 24, 1960, in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Eddie Roy Boyd Sr. and Adalene Troupe Boyd Draper.
Pre-deceased by his parents, a brother, Eddie Roy Boyd, and a brother-in-law, Carl Leatherberry, he is survived by his daughters, Alicia Boyd, and Keturah Bryan; four sisters Regina Leatherberry, Elanor Boyd, Crystal Moffet, and Cherita (Elyssie) Winston; two brothers, James Boyd and Arlando Boyd Sr.; and a host of grandchildren, a large circle of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, saints, and friends. Bishop Boyd was a very high scholastic achiever excelling in many educational endeavors.
He had achieved an honorary Doctorate of Divinity, and two Master's degrees. Being the first of his siblings to graduate college, he achieved his bachelor's degree in Political Science as he was looking to pursue a career in politics. This path was already laid out for him with various family connections, but God had a different plan for him. He had given his life to the Lord at the young age of 19 and as he began this new journey, the Lord called him into ministry. He was later ordained as an evangelist and started traveling to various places such as Japan, India, Dominican Republic, and Kenya to name a few and a whole host of states across the country down throughout the years. The Lord later called him into leadership and as a pastor he began the Endtime Revival Holiness Church of Hartford, Connecticut in 1991. He had served the Hartford community for several years until the Lord later gave him the direction to relocate the church to Springfield, Massachusetts in 2004. Bishop Boyd has volunteered and served as an active member of our Springfield community as a leader in various capacities over the years from prison ministry to starting a nonprofit organization called Kenya Foreign Missions.
He was honorably serving as a Springfield Police Chaplain. In the past he served as president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Western Mass. Division as well as vice president and president of the Massachusetts state board for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Bishop Boyd loved helping people and serving as a community leader as he had done over the years all over the Hampden County area and was always looking for an opportunity to help someone. Through his recent work as an Outreach Crisis Counselor with the Pioneer Valley Coalition via FEMA & Riverside Trauma Center he has helped so many people and saved lives.
He will be remembered by many for his enthusiastic, “superfantastic”, hope giving approach on life; helping people by way of mental health counseling and advocacy.
The calling hour is 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at The Christian Cathedral, 205 Eastern Ave, Springfield, MA, followed by the funeral at 11. Interment will be in St. Louis, MO.
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