Rev. Charles F. Boyer
The Reverend Charles Franklin Boyer is a third generation African Methodist Episcopal pastor. He has an Master’s of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary and also holds an MBA from Franklin University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Ministry from Payne under the mentorship of Bishop John R. Bryant with a focus on Liberation Theology and Prisoner Medical Rights Advocacy. He is married to the love of his life Rosalee for fourteen years and they have three children; Shaina, Kyle and Jayden.
Rev. Boyer began ministry as the youth minister at Bethel AME Church in Paterson, NJ. He and Rosalee developed youth outreach ministries which ministered to hundreds of young people. Rev. Boyer was ordained an Itinerate Deacon in 2011 by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris and appointed the pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Somerset, NJ shortly thereafter. He was ordained an Itinerate Elder in 2013 by Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram and was appointed pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodbury, NJ in 2015.
He is a social justice advocate with a focus on racial justice calling the black church back to its liberationist roots, particularly regarding mass incarceration. Rev. Boyer has helped lead successful campaigns to have the A.M.E. Church formally recognize mass incarceration as a major priority. He led and co-authored an A.M.E. strategic response to mass incarceration entitled The Covenant Project to Eradicate Mass Incarceration. He has offered testimony regarding solitary confinement at the United States Senate and the New Jersey State Senate and has been on various panels with state and federal law makers concerning criminal justice reform. He currently serves as Coordinator of the Covenant Project to Eradicate Mass Incarceration (a joint project with the Social Action Commission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Payne & Turner Theological Seminaries). Rev. Boyer has mentored Somerset County Returning Citizens, serves with the New Jersey Campaign For Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, the Coalition of Religious Leaders in New Jersey, and The Interfaith Prison Coalition. He collaborates with various organizations such as the Sentencing Project, the Anti-Poverty Network, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the NAACP, NJ Get Out the Vote, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society’s Faith in Action, and the National Juvenile Justice Network. He has represented the Social Action Commission of the AME Church in several capacities including, the United States Senate regarding solitary confinement, the House of Representatives for gun violence, and the Churches Uniting in Christ Conference regarding ecumenism and eradicating racism. He is currently the leading a campaign in New Jersey to require racial impact statement legislation to counter racial disparities in New Jersey criminal justice laws and practices. He recently received the Gloucester County NAACP Game Changer Award and is founder of Salvation and Social Justice a coalition seeking to bridge dialogue and strategy between religious leaders and civil rights organizations. He authors the blog The Black Devotional and was sought after to lead the Spiritual Preparation Committee for the 2016 Bicentennial Celebration of the General Conference.
More than anything, Rev. Boyer is passionate about the spiritual disciplines especially prayer and meditation. He rises early every morning to commune with God. He cherishes 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.