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Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, Senior Minister

Born December 7, 1947 in the State of Florida, he was named Edgar E. Boyd. He is one of 8 children born to H. Waymon & Alice M. Swails-Boyd.  His childhood nick-name was Jerry, and thus, has been added to his legal name.  Pastor Boyd was educated at Mayhaw High School in Blountstown, Florida, graduating in 1965.  He served in the US Army from 1968-1970 and was Honorably Discharged.

Academically, he graduated Western Washington University in Bellingham WA, Graduating in 1979 with a B.A. Degree in Community Development.  He completed a Master of Divinity Degree, graduating from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, graduating in 1982.  Currently, Pastor Boyd is in the dissertation phase of a Doctor of Ministry Degree Program at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, CA.


Pastor J Edgar Boyd’s Pastoral Assignments have included St. John A.M.E. Church, Pueblo, Colorado, 1971-1973; Pastor of Grace A.M.E. Church, Casper, Wyoming, 1973-1975; Pastor of Walker Chapel AME Church, Seattle, WA, 1975-1980; Pastor of Brookins AME Church, Oakland, CA, 1982-1986; Pastor and Bethel AME Church, Los Angeles, CA 1986-1992; Pastor of Bethel AME Church, San Francisco, CA, 1992-2012.  He was appointed pastor of First AME Church of Los Angeles, by Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland on October 28, 2012.

Pastor Boyd is a current Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Chi Lambda Chptr. N.A.A.C.P., San Francisco, Chapter; most recent, the Clerical Dean, CA Conference, AME Church from 1992 – 2012.  He is a past member of the San Francisco Housing Authority and San Francisco Planning Commission.

He has received over 100 citations, awards and honor from Political, Civic, Social, Community, Religious, Educational and Financial groups and organizations from throughout the U.S. 

Pastor J. Edgar Boyd has a long history of leadership throughout civic and religious communities in the state of California. He has organized and established a Multi-Million Dollar Housing and Community Development Organization in the San Francisco and consults with a number of CBOs throughout the state.

Pastor J. Edgar Boyd is married to Florence Miles-Boyd, a native of Oakland, CA.  They are parents to two sons; Eric and Jonathan Devereaux; and two daughters, Kimberly Boyd-Folks and Tamara Marie Boyd.


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“J” Edgar Boyd  -  Sr. Pastor & CEO



Rev. J.L. Armstrong
Rev. Willie Bellamy
Rev. Barbara Brooks
Rev. Faye Coleman
Rev. Quanetha Hunt
Rev. Louis James
Rev. Joanne Lovejoy
Rev. Rosie Medina
Rev. Joyce Randall


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Rev. Roosevelt Dorn, Ret. Judge
Rev. Dr. Velma Felder
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Herron
Rev. George Hightower
Rev. Sharita Mitchell
Rev. Walter Shaw
Rev. Eduardo Vickers
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Rev. Mark Gory
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Kimberly Binion
Adriene Goodrich
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