Couple takes their ministry on the road
Linda and Bob Boylan have left traditional organized religion behind and are hoping their new traveling “HE Loves ME” ministry will get people to give church a chance.The Boylans, who live in Carbondale, will open their newly minted traveling ministry show Dec. 7 at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. They’re hoping it will be just the first in a series of such programs around Colorado – and perhaps beyond.The program will consist of a variety of songs Linda – who was the pastor at the Marble Community Church until a year and a half ago – will perform. Pianist Pam Robinson will provide live accompaniment until recorded music takes over the duty. In addition, nature scenes from Colorado will be projected on a “scrim” screen behind her.The photos are by Bob, a former corporate trainer from Minnesota, who decided years ago he’d rather photograph landscapes. His photos will hang in the Wheeler Lobby gallery through December.
Linda said she plans to have fun with the performance, noting that part of it is modeled on a Celine Dion show they saw recently in Las Vegas. She termed the music to be “about the love of God [but with] a jazzy, torchy” flavor.The themes, Linda said, will be “modern-day parables,” but Bob added the audience is not going to feel like it’s been “hit over the head with a Bible.”Linda, 54, who attended Duke Divinity School and was ordained at the New Seminary in New York City, was a corporate secretary in California before coming to Colorado in 1979. After working in real estate for a time, she heeded the call to religious service.Linda is well-known in the valley’s religious community, having trained at the Aspen Community Church and at Basalt Methodist Church before moving to the Marble Community Church more than a decade ago. She continues to perform musical programs for churches when asked.
Bob, while attending to his budding career in photography, continues to work as a corporate trainer when requests don’t conflict with his work with Linda and his photography. For example, he’ll fly to a training for the Xcel Energy corporation in the near future.The couple developed their traveling ministry idea shortly before Linda resigned from her position in Marble, and came up with the name – “HE Loves ME” Ministries, Inc. – before they had fully fleshed out what the ministry would be.”I’m actually happier now that I’m going back to my first love, which is singing,” Linda said recently.”People have a need in their heart,” she continued, but she feels that many are put off by “a lot of issues with the church. Some people don’t feel safe … comfortable in a church” because they feel pressure to join a church as soon as they walk through the door.
Through the music and photographs, the Boylans hope they can make people more comfortable with checking out a church, any Christian church. They have the support of local pastors and priests, some of whom will be attend the performance to pass out literature and talk with attendees.The performance is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Anyone seeking more information about the Boylans’ work can refer to their website, helovesmeministries.com.John Colson’s e-mail address is email@example.comThe Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.
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