The vision for SEEDS
We are in the process of incorporating in the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation for the purposes of channeling financial support for missionary workers, developing scholarships for students, and assisting the transformative work of Pacific Islands University in any other way possible.
We see ourselves as a missionary branch of the Church of Jesus Christ,
S = serving,
E = educating,
E = encouraging, and
D = developing
S = students
PIU is a distinctively Christian and broadly evangelical school which serves the largely invisible population of Islanders in the Western Pacific region. It was started by the Liebenzell Mission in 1976 to develop Christian leaders. The school offers both biblical training and liberal arts education.
PIU is largely staffed by missionaries from several churches and organizations in the US and Europe.
The SEEDS executive director, Brad Boydston, and his wife Cheryl started serving as Evangelical Covenant Church missionaries at PIU in 2009. Even after returning to the mainland US three years later Brad has continued to teach PIU classes online and travels regularly to Guam to teach and maintain contact with students. He is responsible for about 10 courses in both the undergraduate and graduate-seminary curriculums -- including spiritual formation, world religions, cross-cultural communication, evangelism, and Christian doctrine.
Brad formed SEEDS in 2019 to help with his travel and teaching expenses. He envisions SEEDS serving PIU students in other ways, too, including the development of a scholarship fund.
There are four directors responsible for the SEEDS for PIU non-profit corporation.
- May Mei, originally from China, is a PIU graduate who works for a restaurant supply company in Phoenix, Arizona. She is our book-keeper and treasurer.
- Tom Gibbs is a businessman and former golf-pro who has been supportive of the ministry for several years. He lives outside Prescott, Arizona.
- Kent Boydston is the second son of Brad and Cheryl. Before he started working for the Commerce Department in Washington, DC, he served as a volunteer English teacher on the PIU Guam campus.
- Brad Boydston is the executive director of SEEDS for PIU. He is a pastor and missionary, currently employed full-time as a chaplain at Covenant Living of Florida.