Note: Last updated July 8, 12:35 p.m.
By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
WOODBURY – Rev. Charles Boyer, the founder of the statewide organization Salvation and Social Justice and pastor of Bethel AME Church in Woodbury, announced Monday morning he will be moving to pastor Greater Mount Zion AME Church in Trenton.
Boyer, who also serves as first vice president of the Gloucester County NAACP, broke the news on social media.
“Rosalee Boyer and I are blessed to be sent to Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in Trenton,” Boyer said on Twitter and Facebook. “Thank you Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram for this awesome responsibility. Pray for us as we serve Jesus by serving the congregation and community.”
Boyer told Front Runner New Jersey Monday that he started in new assignment at Greater Mount Zion on Sunday. He has served as pastor of Bethel AME in Woodbury for six years. Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP, said Boyer will be missed in his local leadership role.
“Rev. Boyer has been an amazing first Vice President of the Gloucester County NAACP. His advocacy for social justice is second to none,” said Winters said.
“I am proud to see him move on and up with his first love… the church” but I am sorry to see him leave Gloucester County. Charles and Rosalee Boyer will always be our friends and colleague especially in the war for equity. This is one man to watch out for, he will be doing incredible things,” Winters continued.
Bethel AME also served as the headquarters for Salvation and Social Justice, which has grown into one of the leading social justice organizations in New Jersey. Boyer said he expects for the headquarters to also move to Trenton in the near future.
Boyer, though Bethel AME and Salvation and Social Justice, has become one of the New Jersey’s leading voices in the faith community on issues like police brutality, legalization of marijuana and making sure the Black community to real and reliable information on the coronavirus pandemic, its restrictions and the vaccine.
He has been widely quoted by news media outlets throughout the state and Philadelphia on various social justice issues.
Salvation and Social Justice seeks to liberate public policy theologically by building Black faith-rooted communication strategies, advocacy and public education campaigns, to lift up poor, underserved, and traditionally oppressed communities with a particular focus on racial justice through abolition, restoration, transformation, and coalition.
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