Pastor Steve and Ruth Boardman moved to Evansville in June 2005, from West Chester, Ohio, where they served the West Chester Wesleyan Church for 9 years. They are the longest-serving pastoral family in the 122 year history of the North Park Wesleyan Church. North Park is the fifth congregation they have served in more than 43 years in the ministry through The Wesleyan Church. Steve and Ruth met while students at Indiana Wesleyan University, in Marion, IN, and they were married in 1974. Ruth graduated with a bachelor degree in nursing. She currently works at Deaconess Clinic, Evansville, as a practice manager for several departments. But what she really enjoys is being “grandma” to three special girls and involved in ministry, especially working with children in Sunday School and toddlers church. She also has a special place in her heart for senior citizens. Pastor Steve and Ruth have two adult children who have been actively involved in ministry in the local church, but they have each been called by God to a wider ministry in the last few months.
Phil is a 1999 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Elementary Education; he has also earned a Masters Degree in Education. Phil first went to the Czech Republic in 2001 to work in the English camp as a Go-net volunteer. In September of 2006, he was assigned as a career missionary with Global Partners/Wesleyan World Missions. He is in charge of the English as a Second Language department with nearly 70 adult students and several more children. In April 2010 Phil was married to Kristy Baysinger, a fellow English teacher and co-worker in the Czech Republic for the last 8 years. They continue to serve the Lord together in the Czech Republic. They will be in the States in Fall 2017 and will engage in building their support base by traveling to many churches for about 6-8 months. For more about Phil & Kristy’s work in the Czech Republic, click on their name under “missionaries”.
Stephanie graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2005 with a degree in Social Work. She spent 5 months working with street children in Odessa, Ukraine, in 2008. In August, 2009, she was married to Craig Schulte, a computer programmer. They live in Newburgh and they continue to be active in our church and with their three daughters. For Pastor Steve and Ruth there is nothing better than being with their three daughters, Cora Marie (born in 2011), Grace Louella (born in April 2015) and Avery Ruth (born in July 2017), and the privilege of loving them and influencing them for Christ.