This is my testimony about Fred Boyd of the Creation Evidence Expo. I speak the truth in our Lord Jesus Christ, and in writing this, seek to warn my brethen about this man's deception, so they will not be harmed by his actions. In general, I encourage Christians to be careful in working with this man due to his contentious nature, and though he may seem kind and gentle at first, there is another hidden side to him. This is not aimed at all those who work for CEE, but those who do work with him typically follow his commands mostly without question (and therefore, because they do not rebuke him, they bear some of the responsibility). Many lies have been told by Fred Boyd, but no one dares question him, because many of those lies are propogated by his board of directors. I will only be covering Fred Boyd in this testimony, and keep in mind that I am leaving out some of the wickedness I saw, only because I don't want this to be too long.
The Creation Evidence Expo (CEE) is an annual event where they bring in some creation speakers for 5 days of presentations. In 2010, I was invited to be a part of the speaking roster. Though my presentations are not meant for children, and even though I explained this to Fred Boyd, by his order I was not allowed to speak in front of the adults. The funny thing was, we had some adults that left the main hall and came to the room I was speaking at with the children because I had a presentation that was for the whole family.
In addition, my wife and I were broke. We spent all the last money we had to drive an hour each way, each day of the event to help out. It was get up at 5am, be ready by 6am, get there by 7am to help setup, start at 8am. The events would last until the evening. Be done by 9pm. Be ready to leave by 10pm. Get home at 11pm. Get to bed by 12pm. Be back up at 5am, etc.
Funny thing about that was that the conference was being held in a hotel, but we didn't have a dime to stay anywhere. All the other speakers were not only paid to come speak (around $1000/speaker) but also had their transportation and flights paid for (even though almost all of them had the money for travel and expenses themselves), and they were put up in the Omni Hotel in Indianapolis. However, though I spoke more to the children and some adults who joined us more than any other speaker, we were not getting anything and we had to commute on our own. (And it wasn't just us; I know of other volunteers there giving presentations and working just as hard.)
We were given a table with the very few materials I had ever been able to afford to develop (and we eventually ended up giving most of it away), but I found out at the function that every speaker and volunteer at the expo was listed on their roster in the bulletins they hand out. When I looked over it, I found out my wife and I were the only ones missing from that roster. So basically, people just passed up our little table on the end because no one had a clue who we were, except the children.
This is only the beginning of the problems; it gets much worse.
We met a lovely Christian family, the Sadowskis, who worked with the expo. We are friends with them to this day. In fact, we didn't technically get to know them, but their 9-year old son, Josh, did, because again, the children knew who we were. Their son had been to all the expo events, and was pretty bored because he had heard all the speakers and their presentations before. (i.e. The speakers gave the same exact presentations every year.) However, Josh heard my presentations and was drawn in by them. He loved the dinosaur booklet we offered, so I gave it to him. His parents tried to pay for it, but I told them no because we loved Josh and his enthusiasm.
Josh went on to start talking to other Christians at the expo about us, which is how we got a little recognition. Due to this, Josh's parents started talking with us, and we became instant friends because we had the same Biblical beliefs. They also found out about our financial situation and traveling arrangements, which were lacking all around.
So, day 3 of 5 at the expo, we were informed by Fred Boyd that he had found out about our situation (they didn't tell us how, but it was because of our new friends), and purchased us a room in the building where all the speaking was going on. We thought, "Praise God for providing for us!" We were also informed by Boyd's wife, that the other speakers had given a portion of their speaking money for us, so we would be provided for, and Lorraine and I were in tears... until we found out the truth.
The Holy Spirit really came over me to pour my heart out at a lunch we had that day, and as I poured my heart out in tears, I noticed something strange. By the looks on the faces of the other speakers, all I saw was confusion from most of them, as if they had no idea what I was talking about. I ignored it and moved on. I also found it strange that Fred Boyd, after I done giving that announcement and thanking everyone, quickly steered the conversation away from what I just said and was giving praise to his expo, and I later found out why that was so significant.
To make a long story short, the next day we found out that Fred Boyd did not get us a room. Our new charitable friends, the Sadowskis, paid out of pocket to provide a room for us. When we addressed Fred Boyd about this later, he responded that he had arranged the room for us. (i.e. he went to the front desk and asked if they had a room... of which they had MANY because it was a weekday)
Also, at the end of the expo, Fred Boyd gave us 500 dollars. Patrick Sadowski asked out of curiousity if we were given one check. I said yes. He looked really confused. He didn't want to say anything, but I urged him to tell me what was wrong. Come to find out, not every one of the speakers gave a portion of their travel payments to help us out. Only about half of them did, and it only totaled to $220, which still would have been a tremendous blessing to us, but here's the deception: The Sadowskis not only put us up for a room, but they also wrote a check for $280 to make it an even $500, yet, when we were given the check during the ceremony, it was all in one lump sum, and Fred Boyd said it was "from the expo." No, it wasn't. It was from our new friends who God specifically put in place to help us because He knew Boyd would not lift a finger, but Boyd was happy to lie about it for personal recognition.
(By the way, did not God kill two people who lied about what they gave in the book of Acts?)
After the expo, I was asked to be the primary speaker in a new project call "Expo on the Road," where I would take the creation message to churches around Indianapolis. We had a test run in November at a church, and the presentations I gave got such good feedback, by January, I was speaking 2-4 times a week, running back and forth to many churches. The best part was when we got started, Fred Boyd told us: "Whatever the churches donate you guys can keep for your ministry." I was on my knees praising God for supporting us because it was my first (and last) opportunity to do ministry full time, and I was so excited.
After we finished the first church, I got call early in the morning from a desperate sounding Fred Boyd. He asked if I had a check from the church we were at. I said yes. He asked who they made it out to. In my mind I thought, "Why is that any of your business?" But, being naive as I was, I said it was made out to me personally. He asked how much it was for. Now red flags are going off in my mind, but again, my being naive, I said it was for $360.
Before I continue, I want everyone to understand that I was borrowing a family member's car to get back and forth until this point. I was going to use this money to get the car parts I needed to fix my car, and update my tags so I was legal to drive it. However, Fred Boyd said, "I want you to give that money to me." He went on to explain that the church was supposed to make that money out to the expo. I said, "Ok, I'll give it to you," even though he told us originally (lied to us) that we could keep what they donate to us. I'm not gonna' fight a Christian over money, but now we had nothing, and he expected the money to flow into his pocket at every speaking session, but was telling the churches that the expo was "taking care of us."
Keep reading, the deception gets worse.
His wife apparently talked to him about this issue, and they had a meetings where he decided he was going to keep all the donated money, and pay us a small amount. I did not feel good about this, as red flags and warning alarms are going off in my mind, but I accepted it because I had no idea what I was doing anyway. Today, if I could have made a decision, I would have refused that and spoken at no charge, despite having no money, and let Jesus Christ provide for me, but, ya know... hindsight n' all. :D
After about a month of this, I caught on that Fred Boyd was making it seem like we were just a part of their "Creation Evidence Expo, and that we were taken care of by him, and that if someone wanted to donate to us, they needed to donate to CEE. (It was not true to begin with, and he was trying to absorb our ministry into his.) I also need to mention here, because we'll get to some more lies later, that Fred Boyd would get up infront of every congregation before I started to speak and say that God ordained me to come to Indiana and be a part of the CEE ministry, and that it was God's plan for that to happen. (We'll get back to that later.)
After I caught on to what Boyd was doing, I started making announcements at the end of my presentation that we were two separate ministries working for a common goal, and I edified their ministry and encouraged people to donate to them. What I was naive enough to think was that Fred Boyd would also edify in return, since that's what the Bible tells us to do. That never happened. It got bad enough that occassionally, Fred Boyd's 80+ year-old mother-in-law would stand up, interrupting Fred's closing speech, and start to preach to everyone, edifying Lorraine and I.
When she would do that, people would come up and secretly give us donations to help us out. I never told Fred Boyd about it because he would demand that money.
Well, around March we had a pastor we met who I connected with for lunch and we sat down and ate. I told this pastor we had a home church we attended. After this meeting, I got my first lesson in the little-known existance of the unbiblical pastoral gossip chain. The next thing I know, Fred Boyd is calling me asking me to attend a special meeting. He did not tell me what it was for. He did not tell me what we were discussing. (which is deceptive tactics corporations use to gain a psychological advantage over their employees for discipline and firings)
Now, before I continue, I want to make two points: #1. Matthew 18, Jesus gives us instructions that if you have problem with someone in the Body of Christ, you're supposed to go to them 1 one 1. Fred Boyd NEVER did that with me one time, which means he was bypassing what Christ told us to do, and obviously did not care. #2. Alarms and red flags are going off in my mind once again, that something was wrong here. So I fasted (Biblical fast, water only) and prayed from Monday, when I got the call, through Saturday when we had the meeting.
Come to find out, Fred Boyd HATES home churches. Why? I still can't put my finger on it. The only thing I could gather was that Fred Boyd thinks he is the leading authority over the Body of Christ, and that if I am unwilling to accept him as the leading authority, therefore I'm not worthy of ministry. Well, since the Bible tells us to be charitable, and I didn't want to start bickering and in-fighting, I decided to appease his childish desires. I told him Lorraine and I would become members of another church about an hour away in Morristown, IN, but keep in mind, I never told him we would ATTEND that church on a regular basis. We had a home church that was less than a block away from where we lived at the time, we learning a lot about the Word of God, and we have no plans to leave it.
The pastor of the church we were becoming members of knew we were attending our home church, and he was fine with us only showing up 1-2 times a year. We had to go through a few things to become members, and that was taking us some time because we were busy.
During this time, we were asked by Fred Boyd to come on a trip to the Domican Republic to give presentations out there with a translator. We were very excited. We were also told we needed to procure some things. For instance, $150 for a passport. I spent another $150 for a projector screen we needed. Basically, when everything came out, I spent over $500 of donated money preparing for this trip.
A month later, Boyd found out, through the pastoral gossip chain, that we were not regularly attending the church we were becoming members of. He was not happy because he wanted us out of our home church, and into a church HE PERSONALLY APPROVED OF. (Anyone please show me a chapter and verse from the Bible on that.)
I ended up asking Fred Boyd to explain where in the Bible that I needed to attend a church building that Fred Boyd approved of on a weekly basis. He said he would email them to me.
He sent me back about 15 scriptures that talked about elders being appointed. That did not even begin to answer my question, because our home church had elders. So I responded to him (I have these emails saved in my archives) for each Scripture, telling him he did not answer my question, and I also told him that his obssession with which church someone is attending is getting in the way of Gospel being preached. (i.e. Fred Boyd doesn't care as much about the hearing of the Gospel, as much as he cares about how many wallets are sitting in his pews on Sunday morning.)
At that point, he kicked us out of CEE (one week before we left for the Domincan), and all the money we spent preparing for the trip was wasted. We have never heard from him again. At this point, I was asking myself, "Did he not tell all those congregations that God sent me there to work with CEE?" Yes, he did. So, he either lied to thousands of people, or he openly admits that he rejects God's guidance. I didn't tell them God sent me to work with CEE... Fred Boyd said that, and he lied.
That's what really goes on inside CEE. (There's more I could talk about, but this should be sufficent to get the point across.) Now after he kicked us out, we got a couple of emails from some folks we had met asking us what happened. It turns out that Fred Boyd went on a crusade to call every person we had ever met and tell them that we were rebelling against the church of Christ. (He had to do this because our presentations were so effective to the Gospel, he had to lie and attack my personal character to get people to "side" with him.) It was a complete lie, he KNOWS it was a lie, and that's why he refuses to speak with us to this day. I've never heard from him, nor his wife, nor anyone else on their board with the exception of the Sadowskis, and another friend of ours who no longer works with CEE. I made efforts, mulitiple times, to invite the Boyds over for dinner to resolve the matter, but we got no response back. (We have to come out for meetings dealing with his concerns about me, but when it's my concerns about him, Boyd tucks tail and runs.)
(Update: July 28, 2014 -- A few months back, we did receive a letter from his secretary who was upset by this testimony after she read it. She proceeded to insult Lorraine and I, and lie about us, in the letter, but then turn around and claim it was in "love." I have these letters on file as well.)
A couple months later, we actually happened to meet some people who had experienced this same problem with Fred Boyd. They were also kicked out of volunteering for CEE by simply challenging him to provide Scriptural references for some of the things he was saying and doing. (He refused of course.) You don't dare question Fred Boyd, or you get blacklisted because Fred Boyd knows most Christians are respecters of persons, and because Fred Boyd is a pastor, his word is law. Boyd purposefully takes advantage of that, committing sins of lying, contention, railing, respecting of persons, etc, and the worst part is: HE KNOWS HE'S DOING IT, but has put himself into a position where he will never be made to accept rebuke and repent of the backbiting and lies.
Keep in mind, Boyd runs a King James Bible believing, independant, fundamental, baptist church (Zion Baptist Church in Indianapolis), and this kind of deceptive stuff goes on no matter what denomination or belief you are around, so be careful, no matter what someone claims to believe. If you're around CEE, just be cautious not to be deceived. CEE brings in some talented speakers, I understand, but many of them are just as leavened as Fred Boyd. The Bible clearly tells us that we are not supposed to keep company, nor even sit down to eat with, men like that:
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or
Further evidence of Boyd's money-focused "ministry" is that to this day, they still sell a DVD of my presentations, even though I gave them no permission to do so. Our materials can be copied and given away as much as anyone wants, but I prohibit resale of them, but they don't care, so long as they can make money from them. I could take up the matter legally, but the Bible tells us not to do so:
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
I did not mention all the deception involved in Fred Boyd and CEE, because there is more to the story, but I intended to give a basic overview, and any Christian should be able to see that Fred Boyd's actions are not Biblical. On a spiritual level, with all the leaven and corruption involved behind the scenes, I'm going to sanctify myself from anything having to do with them. I'm not saying Fred Boyd is unsaved (I don't know if he really is a born-again Christian or not -- I don't see any of a repentant heart in him), but I pray that someone in position to rebuke Fred Boyd does so quickly so that he will not suffer the promise of God to reap what he is sowing, and end up with a cursed life. Nonetheless, the one thing I learned about him for sure: Fred Boyd's authority is not Biblical, and he has no business being a "pastor."
I give this testimony of truth in our Lord Jesus Christ,