Rev. Dr. Charles Franklin Boyer
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.