Lead Pastors – Josh and Becky Boyd
My wife, Becky, and I are from northwest Indiana, about an hour from downtown Chicago, and were high school sweethearts. We attended Taylor University, where I studied Youth Ministry & Psychology and she studied Education. While in college, we began working in full-time ministry at a small inner-city church. From there, they went on to serve at two larger churches in Indiana, participating in every aspect of church ministry, primarily working with children through college age ministries.
After over 10 years of church ministry, we knew it was time for us to be a part of something “different”!
So, we packed up and moved to Las Vegas, NV to help plant a brand new church and be a part of something special and outside of the box. It was a wild ride and things didn’t unfold how we expected, but we knew that Las Vegas was exactly where we were supposed to be! We kept seeking God, working hard and dreaming about what could be.
Then, I met with Craig Gross of XXX Church and told him I felt called to start the first ministry 100% dedicated to the sport of MMA. He helped us get things in order and FIGHT CHURCH was born! We currently work with all of the major MMA gyms and organizations here in the fight capital of the world. God continues to swing doors wide open for us to minister to the practical and spiritual needs of fighters, coaches and their families. In just 6 years, we now have 8 Fight Church Ministry Affiliates up and running, in 4 different countries!
The core of our ministry team has been our 3 amazing children (Josiah 18, Rachel 15, Joel 14). They each have a unique set of skills and talents and are all very active in Fight Church, as well as, various ministries here at Life Christian Church. Our family loves people, music, movies, the city and the outdoors. In the summer we hang out down at Lake Mead or at a pool and the rest of the year, we are seeing shows at The Smith Center, where my wife works, participating in Jiu Jitsu tournaments, or hiking up at Red Rock Canyon.
Jumping back into full-time church ministry has been an adventure. I have really enjoyed speaking regularly again and look forward to praying, studying and preparing for messages. We are super excited to see where God is taking Life Christian Church and how we all fit into that plan.
Teaching Pastor – Burton Hughes
I’m not impressed with me and I hope you aren’t either, because that’s really not the point. But to satisfy curiosity, I’ve been married for forty years to my wife Toni, have three amazing kids — Cameron, Emma, and Lizzy, and the same number of grand kids… at least until there’s more.
My parents raised me to love Jesus. Dad was a pastor who always had a “regular” job too, and Mom was always sharing her faith with anyone who would listen. I knew I would follow in my father’s footsteps, and have been honored to pastor churches in Kona, Hawaii and Las Vegas, Nevada for over twenty years.
My ministry training and ordinations include Thy Word Ministries — Hilo, Hawaii. Faith Christian Fellowship (FCF) Int’l — Tulsa, Oklahoma. Faith Community Churches — Tucson, Arizona. And, Trinity College and Theological Seminary — Evansville, Indiana.
Like Dad, I also have a “regular” job — managing an awesome staff at Subaru of Las Vegas while enjoying my passion for all things automotive. When I’m not driving, I love to sail our family sloop off the Channel Islands in Southern California.
Oh, and did I mention, I love Jesus, and people, and sushi?
Administrator and Nursery Ministry Director- Cat Fajardo
I.T. Support – Alex Williams
Born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25th, 1992 I’m the youngest of 3 children in my family, having an older sister and brother who are 13 and 14, respectively, years older. I was born into a Christian home going to a church pastored by Ralph David Abernathy, a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I originally moved to Las Vegas in 1994 when my family relocated to Atlanta and started elementary school here but in 1999 my parents and me moved to Lithonia, Ga, a suburb east of Atlanta.
Back in Atlanta me and my mother began to re-attend the church I was born into where I became a part of the youth group there singing in the youth choir, was a part of the youth ushering team and a member of the Boy Scouts troop hosted by our church. As I neared graduating high school I started to helping the sound team at my church learning how to do sound. I moved back to Las Vegas in 2010 to attend UNLV to major in Civil Engineering, now majoring in Computer Science.
Since coming back to Las Vegas, I’ve been an active member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, becoming a member of the Public Relations team and running the group’s visuals. In August 2013 I was hired as a Guest Services representative as an Usher at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace where I’ve had the awesome opportunity to see and, sometimes, get to know Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Elton John, Reba McIntyre, and Brooks and Dunn just to name a few. From there I recently volunteered as a Stadium Servant (i.e. an Usher) at, while attending for a 2nd time, Urbana 15: a tri-annual student missions conference hosted by InterVarsity: Urbana 15 in St. Louis, MO where over 16,000 students from across the United States and Canada come to find where God is leading them in missions.
Moving to Vegas to attend school was the last resort option for me but God has shown me it was the ideal place for me to go! I’ve had a ton of opportunities to use what I learned in the church here at Life Christian Church, UNLV and Las Vegas and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us here going forward!