|Dave & Ralph Being Interviewed During a Concert
Dave Boyer, was born in Baltimore, MD, but grew up in York, PA. As a teenager, he
became the Master of Ceremonies at the "500 Club" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the advice of his manager, he
changed his name to Joey Stevens and success came quickly. He performed with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis,
Sammy Davis, Jr. and Milton Berle. He also appeared with Martin & Lewis on the Today show when it originated
from Atlantic City.
|Dave & Ralph Chatting During a Rehearsal
The life of a young, promising performer, who served in the armed service, saw the dependence
for drugs and alcohol ruin a marriage and career. In 1965, less than a year after his wife, June, left him, his father Reverend
Ralph Boyer passed away. Dave (or Joey, as he was called) decided at that point to end his self-inflicted miserable life.
He began his journey to the railroad tracks in the town of Marietta, where he was going to kill himself, when he passed a
small church. The church triggered long forgotten memories of his childhood, of his father and family, and of the happiness
he once had. This flood of joyful memories brought him to his knees in tears, and he forced himself to make his way to a phone.
Confused and in pain, Dave called his brother who was a pastor at his late fathers
church. His brother convinced him to stay where he was until he could get there. After hours of praying together on that fateful
night, God reached down to Dave and touched his soul. Joey Stevens was laid to rest forever, and Dave Boyer was reborn through
the Lord. This miracle was not over - after a two year separation, June and their daughter returned to Dave to begin building
a Christ-centered life together.
Since 1966, Dave Boyer has been bringing the word of God to hundreds of thousands of people
in all corners of the country. Dave carries with him a message of joy to the people of the church and world. His message is
simple: You are not alone in your day to day struggles, God is always with you.
Dave's unique style of Big Band Gospel music reaches people of all ages. His powerful ministry
and testimony has opened up doors for hundreds of youth programs all over the US. Dave's ministry and musical style are continuing
to gain popularity with people from all walks of life in all age groups. Dave performs with church bands, orchestras, and
solo. He has performed and recorded several albums with legendary composer and director Ralph Carmichael. Dave has performed
at the White House for President's Ford, Carter, and Reagan.
|Dave & Jeff Before a Concert
Dave Boyer's life is a living testimony to the fact that God is forever with us, everyday, and
Dave continues to perform dozens of concerts each year appearing alone, or with live bands
around the country. He is booked several times each year with his long-time friend and publicist Jeff Brucculeri, a trumpet
soloist and humorist.