There is a German Proverb which says, “The oldest trees bear the sweetest fruit.” This may be said about those who grow into the golden years of life. How precious you are with that collective measure of experience, relationship, wisdom, and love. How important it is to recognize this when it comes to those in our family and circle of friends. But what about when a person has aged and is on the verge of passing from this life to the next? What then? Pastor John Boaz has a special ministry with people in the final days of life on earth.
Pastor John E. Boaz was born and raised in Oklahoma until the 8th grade. He is a 1957 graduate from Fresno State University where he became a Christian his freshman year. Following his college years, he served five years active and 20 yrs in the Air Force Reserve as a Chaplain. He felt called to be a missionary to Japan, where he planted a new church in Tokyo from 1965-72. He was also a chaplain to wounded soldiers at Camp Zama in Japan from 1972 to 2001. He then pastored churches in Grand Junction, Colorado (10yrs), Oregon (3 yrs) and Hawaii (12 yrs). His most exciting ministry was in Honolulu with Kalihi Union Church (1989-2001). KUC finished a much needed building expansion and prayerfully changed denominations during that time. It was a victorious growth time for KUC. His most recent ministry is helping caregivers and loved ones who are at heaven’s door. He is very excited to be part of this ‘grace to the last’ ministry. Pastor John E. Boaz earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary in 1997. He married Charlotte McNabb after graduating from Dallas Seminary in 1965. He has 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Finally, he retired after 41years of ministry.
Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”