Rev. Dr. Amelia Boomershine
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Pastor, teacher and leader, Rev Dr Amelia Boomershine is director of GoTell Communications - a resource and education hub for those telling biblical stories in order to "embody Jesus' way of peace in the world". Boomershine is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church.
Amelia's doctoral research was on biblical storytelling with men and women who are incarcerated and thus, she is the author of A Breath of Fresh Air: Biblical Storytelling for Prisoners. Until the pandemic, she led weekly classes with women in the Montgomery County Jail and the Dayton Correctional Institution: “Circle of the Word”, a process of engaging biblical stories, and “House of Healing”, fostering emotional literacy.
Her book is at once personal, readable and scholarly - a rare and intriguing combination. Her life’s journey has included some deep hardship, and she tells of that at the beginning of her book. Her passion is to bring the love of Jesus and the stories of Jesus to life through scripture telling to all, especially children and those on the margins of society. The compassion of Jesus flows from her heart in the words of her book.
Amelia built a team of laywomen from Grace UMC Dayton to assist with class leadership, and developed a small group ministry at Grace called HOPE, working for and with justice-involved people and their allies. She says the acronym stands for: H-healing memories and relationship; O-opportunity; P-presence of the Holy Spirit; E-empowerment for personal growth.
In 2018 she and James Clay, a restored citizen she met while teaching at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, developed a prison in-reach program called “HOPE Letters” that has grown into a state-wide movement.
Dr. Amelia’s formal education began with a Bachelor of Science degree earned in 1972, majoring in Elementary Education. She taught for a time in Chicago, completing a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Michigan in 1975, before moving to Cincinnati. Amelia’s faith and leadership in Christian Education, Church and Society and with the United Methodist Women were nurtured at Hyde Park Community UMC at this time. Her three children were baptized there. This is where her passion for peace and justice found biblical grounding and hands-on expression alongside her commitment to the well-being and education of children. Through this she experienced a call from God to seminary and ordination.
Amelia completed an MDiv at United Theological Seminary in New York in 1991 and was ordained Deacon in 1994. She has held various positions since then, including Coordinator for the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and Associate Pastor. Since 1999 her primary appointment has been as director of GoTell Communications - a mission she shares with her spouse, Dr Thomas Boomershine, founder of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International.
With the exception of four years in Dallas Texas, Amelia has spent her adult life in Southwest Ohio. Tom and Amelia live just outside Dayton, Ohio. They have a blended family of five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandsons. They live with a ginger cat and a border collie. Amelia enjoys reading, swimming, gardening, walking in the woods and studying Spanish.