Meet Paige Boyer
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Home Church & Denomination: Lakewood United Methodist Church, The United Methodist Church
Degrees: BA in Public Communications and Electronic Media Production from Ashland University
Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year: Master of Divinity, first year
I’m a recovering Public Relations professional, having worked in PR for nearly a decade. During that time, I was employed by several advertising agencies and the largest hospice in northeast Ohio. An Ohio native, I’m a fan of all things Cleveland, especially the Browns and the Indians. I’m a social media addict, actively using Twitter, Facebook and blogging as a way to continue my discernment process and to build and maintain relationships.
While I grew up in a Christian home, I didn’t attend church until I was in the 4th grade. As a youth, I was actively involved in youth ministries in my local church and at the district and conference levels. I enjoy theater (watching and performing), singing, reading and writing. I love school and am excited to be back in an academic environment after almost 10 years away.
Life so rarely goes the way we plan it. I had my very first sense of call when I was 16 years old but, like a typical teenager, I ignored it. After graduating college, I entered the Public Relations field in Cleveland, got married, and stopped going to church. After my life took a series of unplanned twists and turns, I returned to church in my late 20s, single again and in a brand new job. It was in this brokenness that God called me back to service. It took another two years for me to accept that calling and begin to make plans to be ordained as an elder in the UMC.
Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical:
I visited Garrett-Evangelical during early August of 2011, before classes began. Driving up Lake Shore Drive into Evanston, I was awed by the beauty of Lake Michigan. Then, as I pulled onto Garrett Place and looked up at the Main Building, I was sold. My heart knew I had found my home. From my conversations while on campus, I saw that Garrett-Evangelical would not only be the best place for me to find community but it was a place where my theology would be best formed. Besides that, purple is my favorite color.
I tend to be a bit of a dreamer, so I have big plans for my future ministry. After completing my M.Div., I would like to serve in a parish or campus ministry setting for several years. After having that experience, I’d like to move into agency work, helping to make a broader impact on the changing church by using my gifts for creative communications to reach more people. I want to help the UMC maintain its relevance in a culture where the largest growing religious group are “nones.” Alternatively, I’d like to plant a church in downtown Cleveland, helping to reach the growing young professional residential community there.