Joe Boyd was born in Ballymena, County Antrim in July 1977. Blessed with a Godly mother and hard-working father, he asked Jesus to ‘come into his heart and shut the door’ as a six-year-old. Following a troubled time in his early teens, a clear encounter with God lead Joe to recommit his life to God as a 17-year-old. Since then, he has served as a Boys’ Brigade Officer, Christian Endeavour leader and Youth Bible Class Teacher. Joe is also a founding member of the SPARK Christian Outreach project in Ballymena and currently serves on the Clubreach initiative, which takes to the streets of his home town every Friday night.
Joe has worked as a journalist and writer for over 20 years, having begun his career at the Ballymena & Antrim Times newspaper. He was lead Religious Correspondent there for years two decades where he was privileged to compile the largest Christian section in any secular newspaper in Northern Ireland. 2015 saw his departure from the newspaper to take up a new position at www.thechurchpage.com. Run by MCCComputers in Ballymena, this project operates as part of the Church Without Walls initiative. In a nutshell, the website offers an opportunity for any Church or Christian organisation in the province to have their news and events published free of charge. Over the past three years, Joe and his colleague, Ally Stewart, have watched as ‘hits’ on the platform have soared to 10,000 each week. In addition to these responsibilities, Joe also works as a freelance writer and editor. He published a miscellany of local history entitled: ‘A Celebration of God’s Kitchen’. This raised vital funds for a Church-run outreach which offers hot meals and companionship for the elderly and ‘Fight For Flight’ charity, a life-changing programme set up to rescue trafficking children from the streets of Brazil.
No stranger to Timeless Publications, Joe was the journalist and inspiration behind the formation of the book, ‘Trading Punches’: Fighting Flesh and the Devil’ by respected author and Minister, Rev. Alistair Bates.
A keen armchair sports fan, Joe is married to Rachael. He also enjoys music, movies and exercise. After completing a 26.1 mile ‘Row-A-Thon ‘ in 2013, he began to volunteer in a gym run by a large Pentecostal Church as part of their community outreach.