The Shofar is presented annually at the University of Mobile’s graduation ceremony by the School of Christian Ministries, University of Mobile, to an Alabama Baptist State Convention minister each year for faithful service that might otherwise go unrecognized.
Boyd was honored for his work with the soup kitchen sponsored by Maranatha Baptist and Jasper First Baptist, as well as all his other community outreach programs that benefit the community as a whole.
“I was just really surprised,” Boyd said about receiving the call that he was chosen as the honoree for this year. “But I can’t take the credit for all the good work the church and community has done, I have always been surrounded by other pastors and friends who are good, loving people.”
Boyd was presented with a shofar, or ram’s horn, to recognize his service. According to the program from the event, the shofar was used to signify momentous events from the beginnings of biblical history.
“In times of war its blasts called soldiers to arms; alerted towns of the approach of enemies; and directed troop movements. In times of peace it announced the beginning of a new month; directed worshippers to observe the Sabbath; and heralded the Year of Jubilee. The shofar warned of danger; announced the death of a community leader; and introduced the new king to Israel. At solemn assemblies the shofar called the people away from distractions to direct their attention to God,” it read.
This is the reason for the presentation of the shofar, as well as for opening the ceremonies with the blowing of the shofar and a prayer led by Boyd.
The program also said that Boyd was honored with the shofar because: “Throughout the Walker Baptist Association, he is known as truly humble servant leader with a Christ-like spirit who loves the people he serves unconditionally ... Much of the funding for the church’s various ministries has come directly from his pocket.
He works tirelessly for his congregation and community, not only feeding people spiritually, but also feeding and clothing the needy. By his faithful example, he has inspired many other congregations in the county to join him in ministering to those who need it most.”
Boyd began Maranatha Baptist in 1976, after being ordained as a Baptist minister in 1974.