Boice, William

Public Information

Name

Boice, William

Class

2001

Biography

(1922-2003) Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1916. Came to Arizona in 1922. Graduated from Phoenix Union High School and received his Chaplain Certification from Harvard University. Served during WWII with the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division, 22nd Infantry Regiment, where he was awarded a silver star and two bronze stars. Upon his discharge he became the founding minister of First Christian Church in Phoenix in 1952. Became Minister Emeritus of First Christian in 1984. Continues to serve as chaplain of the 22nd Infantry Regiment, providing pastoral services and guidance to its veterans, their spouses and children of the regiment without regard to their location. Long an advocate of the arts in the Phoenix area, especially poetry and music. Is seen as Arizona’s preeminent Christian minister in the 20th century, and his life and ministry prepared the Arizona Christian Churches for ministry into the twenty-first century.