Richard Boone was raised in a military family, living in 33 houses in 14 different states throughout his life. He attended Michigan State University, earning a BA in Chemistry, then went on to Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. After teaching New Testament Greek at Asbury for several years, he moved to Virginia and attended Union Theological Seminary, finishing with a Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation in 1995. Richard then returned to Asbury College as a professor, and later began pastoring churches in the Columbus area: Obetz, Faith, and Reynoldsburg UMC's among them. Richard and his wife, Barbara, have been married 30 years, and they have three children: Caroline, Kirsten, and Grant.
Richard serves as the program coordinator for the Horizon Prison Initiative at Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI). The mission of Horizon is to transform prisoners who transform prisons and communities. At CCI, Horizon participants live in the Horizon dormitory for one year before graduating and moving back to the regular dorms. Each week, Horizon has eight mandatory classes, along with 20 different electives. Most classes are taught or facilitated by Encouragers, inmates who have already graduated from the program and been chosen and trained to lead it. Richard's primary role is to support and train these leaders. "Each year God brings more capable Horizon graduates into the field to do the work," Richard says. "It is such a blessing to be present to see God touching the hearts of the least of these, and empowering them to go back and help those who follow them out of the darkness."
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Like all United Methodist missionaries, Richard is responsible for raising part of his own support - approximately $25,000 per year - through covenant relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support Richard, you may richard.boone [at] odrc.state.oh.us (contact him directly), donate online, or send a check to Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068 with 'Richard Boone, #3022049' in the Memo line. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-888-252-6174.