Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Director
The Reverend Dr. Charles Franklin Boyer is a third generation African Methodist Episcopal Preacher. He is the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Woodbury, NJ, the founder of Salvation and Social Justice, and the co-convener of The NJ Black Multi-Faith Alliance, The NJ Prophetic Agenda, and the United Black Agenda. He leads various boards, initiatives and committees. He earned a Bachelorette of Science and Master’s in Business Administration from Franklin University and holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Payne Theological Seminary.
He is a racial justice activist calling the black church back to its liberationist roots. Rev. Boyer has lead successful campaigns to have the A.M.E. Church formally recognize mass incarceration as a major priority. He led and co-authored “The Covenant Project to Eradicate Mass Incarceration an A.M.E. Strategic Response to Mass incarceration.” Nationally, he has represented the Social Action Commission of the AME Church in several capacities including, the United States Senate regarding solitary confinement and the House of Representatives for gun violence.
Rev. Boyer lead the campaign in New Jersey to require racial impact statement legislation to counter racial disparities in criminal justice laws and practices. He is a leading prophetic voice in the campaign to abolish the War on Drugs and the criminalization of black people. He has been recognized as a Game Changer by the NAACP, a Torch Bearer by the ACLU, and a Movement Maker by NJ Working Families. He is married to Rosalee and they have three children; Shaina, Kyle, and Jayden.
More than anything, Rev. Boyer is passionate about the spiritual disciplines especially prayer and mediation. He rises early every morning to commune with God and seek guidance. His favorite scripture is Psalms 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed, that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Rev. Robin Tanner, NJ Prophetic Agenda Coordinator
Revered Robin Tanner is the Minister of Worship and Outreach at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, NJ. She is a founding partner in Launchpad, a learning collective powering progressive faith communities. Rev. Tanner has a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and is pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion. She organizes with Repairers of the Breach and co-convenes the NJ Prophetic Agenda. @sainthumans www.sainthumans.com
Rev. Eric Dobson, NJ Black Multi-Faith Alliance, Coordinator
Eric is the Outreach Coordinator for Fair Share Housing Center, whose mission is to end discriminatory or exclusionary housing patterns which have deprived the poor, particularly those presently living in inner cities, of the opportunity to reside in an environment which offers safe, decent, and sanitary housing near employment and educational opportunities.Eric is a community organizer, outreach specialist and social entrepreneur. He has extensive experience working with diverse audiences and communities and specializes in interfaith outreach.
Eric is the Co-Founder of Open Communities LLC (a racial integration consultant firm) that works to resolve simple and complex conflicts of race, ethnicity and socio- economics.
In 2006 Eric was recognized by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders with the highly regarded Community Service Award. He received the Champion of Diversity Award from the Courier Post South Jersey in 2007.
He also founded a non-profit focused on youth development and education called Planting Seeds of Hope – and in 2008 was recruited and join the Organizing for America staff to serve as the Pennsylvania Black Clergy Outreach Director for the Obama Campaign.
Eric is an Ordained Minister and holds a BA in Religion from Temple University. He is an avid biker, music-lover and chef. Eric’s partner in marriage and ministry is April Dobson which they parent four children Amber, Deione, Jazman and Jordan
Rev. Sammy Arroyo, Faith Leader Outreach Coordinator
Sammy Arroyo grew up in Puerto Rico and received a BA in Education from the University of Puerto Rico. He worked for five years as a High School Social Studies teacher in Puerto Rico.
Sammy received his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2009 and is currently working on his Phd. dissertation in Christian thought at the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico, where he focuses on studying the first stages of the development of an anti-African slave theology in the Caribbean during the 16th and 17th century. First by studying how Spain and Portugal built an African slavery structure through their respective Crowns and with the help of the Catholic Church, and how they developed a pro-slavery theology in Europe and then translated it to the Caribbean. This happened through legislation from the Crown and church practices (and church legislation) in these centuries. Sammy will bring to the front the historical figures that opposed African slavery by analyzing their sermons, letters, books and Inquisition trials. He will highlight the movements during those centuries that opposed African slavery and the leading voices of the time.
Sammy serves as part of The Unite Methodist Church of GNJ Board of Church and Society and is part of the Immigration Task Force for the same denomination's conference. In the Spring of 2018 he served as co-chair of the Faith Communities Outreach Committee of the Poor People's Campaign in NJ.
Sammy Arroyo believes his faith moves him to advocate for those who are oppressed in our society. He has been actively speaking at rallies and conferences in the state of New Jersey, advocating for immigrant rights and opposing family separations, not just at the border but for the ones also happening all over the nation.
One of Sammy's goals is to help faith leaders in formulating a social moral argument for the poor and oppressed in their communities.
He enjoys good coffee, good friendships, and reading. He is married to the Reverend Dr. Joy Arroyo, Phd, and is blessed with a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.