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Freddy Boswell serves as CEO of SIL International. SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) is a faith-based NGO whose 5,500 members work in 98 countries and specialize in Bible translation and language development work among several hundred minority language communities. Before joining SIL's partner organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators, in 1987, he was a pastor for six years, primarily in the Atlanta area. He has frequently served as a conference and retreat speaker for youth and adult events. He has served SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators as the International Translation Coordinator, as International Vice President for Academic Affairs for SIL, and as International Vice President for Scripture Promotion for Wycliffe Bible Translators. In his CEO role for SIL International, he is based in Dallas at the international headquarters.

Boswell holds the B.A. degree in New Testament (1980) and the M.A. degree in Biblical literature (1981), both from Oral Roberts University. He undertook M.A. studies in Linguistics at the University of Texas-Arlington. His doctoral studies have been in Linguistics at both the University of New England (Australia) and at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at Vrije Universiteit. His doctoral thesis, "A Grammatical Description of Cheke Holo: An Oceanic Language of Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands," is currently under revision. He was a graduate teaching fellow at ORU in the undergraduate theology department, and he served as a guest lecturer on the faculty of Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, with his primary responsibility as a supervisor in the Doctor of Ministry program. Professionally, he holds memberships in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Linguistics Society of America. He has authored numerous publications related to practical and scholarly subjects in the fields of Bible translation and applied linguistics. These include The Australian Journal of Linguistics, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, The Bible Translator, and the book, Translator's Notes on Titus. He is on the editorial board of the journal Hermeneus, and he served as the founding editor of the Journal of Translation.

He has worked with the Cheke Holo Bible translation project of Solomon Islands since 1989. His family has also lived and worked in ministry in Peru and Papua New Guinea. Boswell served alongside the Cheke Holo translation team that completed and published the New Testament in 1993, and major Old Testament portions in 2005. The translation of the entire Bible into Cheke Holo is in process, and he serves as a linguistic and exegetical consultant to the project.

Freddy has been a running enthusiast since 1971. He is active at various competitive distances from 5k to marathons. He also performs as an actor with the CrossWise Players of Dallas, portraying in one-man performances the lives of John Wesley and John Wycliffe, and he appeared in the 2009 Hemisphere Entertainment movie, Angels Love Donuts.

Freddy is married to Bekah Bentley Boswell (ORU 1981), who is also a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, having served in literacy development and in medical services. She is currently the head nurse at the Wycliffe and SIL Health Services Clinic in Dallas. They live in Dallas, and are the parents of three adult children, John, a U.S. Air Force officer; David, a U.S. Army officer; and, Kathryn, a professional musical theater actress.