Dane Boyles

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Dane was born in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Weldon Boyles and Ruby Shelton. Dane's dad was for most of his life an entrepreneur. He trained polo ponies on Catalina Island, California and then owned horse-riding stables in both Marshall County, Kentucky and Kissimmee, Florida as he was growing up. However, Weldon worked for Frito Lay later in life. He passed away suddenly in September 1996. When Dane was in school, his family moved quite frequently living near Paducah, Kentucky, Orlando, Florida, New Deal and Pecos, Texas. They moved back to Lubbock, Texas for the last half of ninth grade and his high school years. Weldon never went to church but Ruby has been a faithful Christian as long as Dane can remember. She taught him right from wrong and instilled in him a love for God and compassion for people. Dane has one older brother, Dennis, and one younger sister, Dawn. They both live in Lubbock. Dennis has been an example for Dane since Dane was young. Dennis is a deeply spiritual man. He is married to Janie. They have three children and three adopted children. Dawn is married and has four children.

Dane's years at Coronado High School, a public school in Lubbock, Texas, and in the youth group at Sunset Church of Christ laid an important foundation for his later life as they forged deep within him an especially acute vision for ministry and missions. These years in the youth group were particularly good for him as he grew closer to Jesus and to others. Robert Parham and Rex Boyles were his youth ministers at Sunset. He was also blessed to be around the instructors at Sunset and sit in their classes and absorb their teachings during his youth. He is indebted to all the people that helped him then.

Dane's next stop was Portales, New Mexico as he received a football scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University. Following a short stay at Eastern New Mexico, due to a severe shoulder injury, he entered Oklahoma Christian University and played baseball one season. After that he returned to Lubbock where he spent his summers mowing yards and his winters doing janitoral work at Sunset Church of Christ working to pay for college. While a student at Texas Tech University, he was a member of Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society). He received his bachelor's degree in Spanish and Portuguese in 1986. He then attended graduate school at Texas Tech, where He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Spanish and Linguistics in 1989 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish with a specialization in Latin American literature in 1993.

Dane received a Rotary International Scholarship to study at the Catholic University of Ecuador at Quito in 1992-1993 while he was finishing his doctoral dissertation. He took graduate courses in Ecuadorian Literature and Theology.

This time in Ecuador was a character forming experience for Dane. He came to see that Christianity and ministry take place where one identifies with the poor and practices personal sacrifice. He came to see for himself what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich" (2 Cor 8:9).

Dane began Sunset International Bible Institute in January 1991 while writing his doctoral dissertation because he was convinced God was calling him to ministry. When he arrived in Quito, Ecuador in September 1992 on the Rotary Scholarship, he found himself immediately involved in ministry with the mission team at the North Quito Church of Christ (Kent Marcum, Dan Leaf, Kevin Haynes, Joe Placencia and Dante Chalco). Upon his return to the States, he graduated from Sunset International Bible Institute, his preliminary ministerial training, in June of 1993.

The fact that Dane was in the mission field was purely an act of God. He went with very little money but he knew he was meant to go. He lived with an Ecuadorian family (Marcelo Guerrrero) in north Quito for six months before moving to Cuenca in February 1993. It was an invaluable experience. Dane had come to see that Ecuador was where the Lord wanted him. He had begun to pray that God would provide for his needs as a full time missionary. Out of no where, he met the late Robert Isham, John Scott, and Doyle Green from the Decatur, Texas Church of Christ in Quito as they were returning to the States after their trip to Cuenca. Louis McBride introduced them in Quito one afternoon and within two weeks he was working as their missionary in Cuenca. God had provided for his needs! This type of divine intervention has marked his Christian experience ever since. He now knows how God spontaneously creates our experience and he wouldn't have it any other way.

After graduating with a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University (1993), and spending some time with his sponsoring congregation in Decatur, Dane returned to Ecuador and continued to serve as a missionary in Cuenca (1993-1997) with Louis and Dottie McBride and three other Ecuadorian families: Bolívar and Jenny Vásconez, Oswaldo and Lourdes Albarracín, and Jaime Cobos.

After his return to the United States in March 1997 Dane was named lecturer in Latin American Literature at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and became the preaching minister at the Midway Church of Christ in Denton, Texas. In order to further prepare himself for a life of ministry he enrolled in the Spring of 2000 at Abilene Christian University, taking his Master of Arts in Religion degree in 2004.

Dane was the pulpit minister at the Leander Church of Christ at Crystal Falls in Leander, Texas from August 2000 to August 2013. He became the pulpit minister at the Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland, Texas in August 2013 and left in April 2015. At that point Dane earned his mediator and arbitrator certifications at Manousso Mediation Training & ADR Services in Houston, Texas. Since then he has successfully mediated over 50 cases. As a result, Dane is a credentialed mediator by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. His business is called the Mediator Man. Dane was preaching minister from April 2017 to January 2020 at the Central Church of Christ in Del Rio, Texas. Presently, he is the preaching minister at the Northwest Tampa Church of Christ. Furthermore, Dane is a certified doctoral diplomat in Christian Counseling by the International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals and is a certified temperament counselor by the National Christian Counseling Association. He sees clients at his office regularly. He is also a certified personal trainer (by the American Council on Exercise) and certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (ACE) who incorporates exercise and nutrition into his counseling practice.

After completing the M.A.R. degree at Abilene Christian University, Dane had to complete the Master of Divinity equivalency in order to meet the requirements for acceptance into a Doctor of Ministry degree program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Thus, in doing so at Lubbock Christian University, he earned a Master of Science degree in Bible and Ministry in May 2006. After completing the Master of Divinity equivalency in January 2005, before graduating from LCU, he began the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He chose Austin Seminary instead of Abilene Christian University simply because he could attend classes in Austin without having to be away from his family. His years of being away a week at a time were difficult. Plus, Austin Seminary has an outstanding academic program in Practical Theology and Evangelism, his academic specialties. He graduated with the Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2009.

Dane is currently a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Modern Language Association, the South Central Modern Language Association, the Southwest Conference on Latin American Studies, the American Academy of Religion, the Mediation Association of Colorado, Texas Association of Mediators, Austin Association of Mediators, Association for Conflict Resolution, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and is at the intermediate level in Portuguese and French. He reads Latin and koine Greek.

Fortunately he has been able to be a missionary to the Spanish-speaking world as well. From 2002 to 2015 Dane traveled yearly to Mexico, Ecuador, and other Spanish-speaking countries to teach and preach. He founded (1994) and directed the Cuenca Theological Institute in Cuenca, Ecuador (1994-1997, 2002-2005). Since January 2006 he has served the Institute as an academic and strategic advisor as the Lord has developed leadership among the Ecuadorians to direct the Institute. His driving force in life is to preach the gospel. For this reason he ministers and preaches full time, but he also travels regularly to teach and spread the Word of God in Spanish.

Dane is married to Leslie (Allen) Boyles. They met in Austin, Texas. They live in Tampa, Florida where they touch and inspire the lives of believers and non-believers each week through the ministry of the Northwest Tampa Church and its various outreaches. They have five children and two grandchildren.

To God be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.