Boynton, Melbourne Parker was born on November 6, 1867 in Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. Son of of Benjamin Skinner and Mary Elizabeth (Croscup) B.
California College, Oakland. Division School, University of Chicago. (Doctor of Divinity, Des Moines College, Iowa, 1911).
Ordained Baptist ministry, September 8, 1892. Consecutively assistant, acting and pastor First Church, San Francisco, 1894-1897. Became pastor Lexington Avenue Church (now Woodlawn Baptist), Chicago, August 1897, erected new edifice and dedicated it October 26, 1902, dedicated $100,000 church house, 1924, retired February 7, 1937, now pastor emeritus for life.
President of Illinois Anti-Saloon League. Was twice president Chicago Church Federal Council. 1st president Illinois Vigilance Association (4 terms).
Candidate for Congress in Republican primaries, 1916, 2d Congressional District Illinois President national board directors and member administrative committee, Anti-Saloon League of America. Chairman advisory board of bureau of Food, Farm Products and Markets. City of Chicago. Director Better Government Association.
Twice president Illinois Baptist Pastoral Union, also of Baptist Ministers’ Conference, twice moderator Chicago Baptist Association. Occasional lecturer Baptist Missionary Training School and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, both Chicago. President Night Church of Chicago.
Chairman Interdenom. Commission Chicago Baptist Chairman's Association Commision on Coöperation and.
Clubs: City, Hamilton (Chicago), Kiwanis.
Married Hattie Wells, September 8, 1892. Children: Melbourne Wells, Ben Lynn.