Rev. Galene Boyett, Senior Pastor
Galene Boyett met her husband, Alan, at St. John’s College is Santa Fe, NM, where they both received a classical liberal arts education (Trivium and Quadrivium) which has allowed them to work across disciplines and industries. Alan has worked in information technology and systems analysis in financial, real estate and health care, while Galene worked in commercial credit, accounts receivable, pensions and investments. At Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ, Galene spent most of her electives on Bible classes (the foundation of our theology and how we live our lives) and extension or specialized ministries, such as youth ministry, Hispanic ministry, church architecture, and endorsed chaplaincy. Thanks to a variety of ministry settings, Galene has experience in remodeling church structures, working with local government agencies, ministry with the hungry and the homeless, and both ecumenical and interfaith clergy associations.
After graduating from Drew with her Masters of Divinity (with honors), Galene returned to the Desert Southwest Annual Conference and has served at four different churches in sixteen years. Previously, she served as a student local pastor to a two-point charge while she was in New Jersey, making a total of 21 years in ministry.
Galene and Alan share eclectic tastes in music, entertainment, hobbies, etc. In the early years in the Phoenix area, Galene and Alan maintained a Phoenix Zoo membership, which became invaluable when their children came along. They enjoyed plays and concerts around the Valley, as well as sporting events, especially Phoenix Suns games at the Madhouse on McDowell. In Jersey, they attended Broadway shows and made sure their boys were exposed to our country’s history and culture via trips to zoos, museums, and sites like Valley Forge, Fort McHenry, and the Washington monument. Since returning to Arizona, Galene joined the Desert Botanical Garden, where Galene and Alan have enjoyed various music and art shows. Galene enjoys the beauty, peace, physical exercise of walking the Garden, and especially the Chocolate and Chili Festival. Their entire family are movie buffs and total geeks around Disney, Marvel, Star Trek, etc. With thespians in the house, Alan and Galene have enjoyed multiple school plays and other shows, and both have been privileged to attend as chaperones the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE – Alan for multiple years. More recently, they have been able to attend college plays and concerts, thanks to son, Kit, and his new wife and future music teacher, Tamika. Arizona Diamondback games are a must, and provide good fodder for sibling rivalries with Galene’s Kansas family (Royals) and Alan’s Texas family (Rangers). By the way, spring training for both the Royals and the Rangers is in Surprise, where the Boyett’s have lived for eleven years. In recent years, Alan and Galene have celebrated their wedding anniversary in August with the Diamondback Faith and Family Night – a ballgame, fireworks, and concert featuring leading contemporary Christian artists.
Being together as family is probably the most important activity for Galene, and hosting big family gatherings in Surprise is one thing she will greatly miss. Galene and Alan are blessed to have three boys: Jacob, who works in Hollywood and is married to Aubrey for four years and expecting their first child in July; Kit, who works as a theatre teacher in Phoenix and is married to Tamika and celebrating their first wedding anniversary in July; and Gabe, who has been accepted to the Arizona State University College of Engineering to study sports analytics. Two family members plan to move to Yuma with Galene and Alan: Hunter and Sienna. Hunter is a rescue puppy, now nine years old, who weighs 130 lbs and is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. Sienna is a rescue dog, now eleven years old approximately, who weighs 75 lbs and is a yellow lab mix. Galene also loves cats, but Alan is allergic.