Current Leadership

The Reverend Dr. Charles Franklin Boyer is a third-generation African Methodist Episcopal preacher and appointed pastor of Greater Mount Zion June of 2021. Prior to being appointed to Greater Mount Zion in Trenton he was the pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Woodbury. He is the co-founder with his wife Rosalee of Salvation and Social Justice, a non-partisan Black faith-rooted public policy organization.

At Bethel, Rev. Boyer and Rosalee lead the church to provide thousands of hot meals, gifts, and school supplies to families in need, scholarships to graduating seniors and financial support for young mothers. The Boyers developed ministries for economic empowerment, Black maternal health, youth support, and community engagement. Dr. Boyer developed the churches online presence, increased the membership by 96% and the tithes and offerings by over 60%. The church grew spiritually, numerically and its social conscious was awakened.

Dr. Boyer is a leading faith voice in New Jersey for racial justice issue, the campaign to abolish the drug war and the criminalization of Black people. His advocacy has led to the statewide adoption of racial impact analysis for sentencing, closure of youth prisons, voting rights restoration for people on probation and parole, the independent prosecutor law, and restricting solitary confinement. He led the campaign to free thousands of incarcerated people from New Jersey’s deadly prisons due to the coronavirus, making it the largest singular decarceration event in the state’s history.

Charles works closely with the Black Legislative Caucus and is a co-convener of the United Black Agenda and the NJ Black Multi-Faith Alliance. He has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s 25 most influential African Americans by the South Jersey Journal, a Game Changer by the NAACP, a Torch Bearer by the ACLU, a Movement Maker by NJ Working Families, and a Community Servant by NJ Citizen Action. He has been recognized by the NJ Work Environment Council and received the Making Democracy Work award by the League of Women Voters. He was named one of “Twenty-Five People to Watch in 2019” and “Twenty-One People to Watch in 2021” by NJ Advanced Media and has been named several times as part of Insider NJ’s power lists and is a 2020 Jefferson Award recipient.

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