RTS(Orlando) – May 6, 2014 – Faculty, Staff, and Students gathered together in April to dedicate a new addition to RTS-Orlando’s campus: The Boyd Family Boardwalk.
Named in honor of Frank and Elta Boyd, longtime supporters of RTS, the Boardwalk encompasses three gazebos connected by walkways and a small canoe launch, all situated on the shore of Long Lake. A short walk from the classroom building, the boardwalk has already become a popular place for students to enjoy lunch, fishing, conversation, quiet time for reflection!
By popular demand, some small classes have relocated to the largest gazebo, nestled under cypress trees at the far eastern end of the boardwalk. Being out in creation is “a great aid to theological reflection and discussion,” remarked Professor John Muether.
The Boyd Family Boardwalk was financed by a special gift from the late Frank and Elta Boyd, whose generosity to RTS has become legendary. The Boyds cared deeply about training Gospel workers, and the students they supported over the years have spread around the world.
A final gift from Elta Boyd was set aside for the construction of an “outdoor feature” at the RTS-Orlando campus. While original plans for the campus called for naming a plaza in the Boyd’s honor, the shaded breezes of the lakefront soon called for a change of plans. After a lengthy approval process, local authorities gave their blessing for construction on the water’s edge – an opportunity too good to pass up. Construction was completed in late March, with the dedication held in early April 2014.
Elta Boyd was a woman of considerable talent and entrepreneurial spirit. A Family Life Specialist with the Alabama Extension service, Elta put her homemaking skills to work, crafting high-quality fig preserves, toys, aprons, and other gifts. The proceeds were all donated to RTS, totaling a considerable sum. Frank and Elta Boyd’s lifetime of generosity was chronicled in the 1998 Winter issue of Ministry and Leadership (then titled Reformed Quarterly), reprinted below.