Dr. Boone is not a newcomer to Nashville. He moved to Nashville from his home in McComb, Mississippi, in 1970 to enter Trevecca Nazarene College and graduated in 1974. Eleven years later in 1985 he returned to Nashville to become senior pastor at what was then College Hill Church of the Nazarene (the church that is now Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, located on the edge of the Trevecca campus).
Boone, who earned a master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, has been the pastor of four churchesóNew Salem (Mississippi), 1968-1970; Raleigh North Church of the Nazarene (Raleigh, N.C), 1977-1985; College Hill Church of the Nazarene (now Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, TN), 1985-1991; and College Church in Bourbonnais,1991ópresent. Additionally, he served on the staffs of Overland Park (KS) Church of the Nazarene, Old Hickory (TN) Church of the Nazarene, and New Salem (MS) Church of the Nazarene. In addition to his other responsibilities, he taught at Olivet Nazarene University from 1995 to 1998. Since 1996 he has been an instructor for the Salvation Army, North Central Region, and the visiting professor of preaching and pastoral theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
During his pastorate College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois, attendance at that church grew from 880 to 1450. As director of a staff of twenty-two, he led the church in a series of innovative changes: the establishment of The Center of Hope, a 501(c)(3) social justice ministry that feeds more than 700 families per week; formed a partnership with a multi-ethnic Church of the Nazarene and helped that church grow from 70 to 180; was active in civic and community organizations; developed two additional congregations, primarily reaching new believers; created Home Groups, a ministry for 600 university students who meet in 45 community homes on Sunday nights; increased yearly giving from $800,000 to $2.5 million; increased Faith Promise giving from $70,000 to $300,000 and helped build six churches in Third World countries; led a $7-million building project; directed a $3-million capital campaign.
Dr. Boone, who has been a featured speaker for many denominational events, is a regular contributor to religious publications. Boone is married to the former Denise Gordon. They have three daughtersóAmy Tallman, Ashley Gernand, and Abby Booneóand one grandchild.
Dr. Boone will officially begin his tenure as president on July 1, 2005. He is scheduled to visit the campus for Commencement activities, May 6-7, 2005, in order to be officially introduced to the campus community. Plans for this visit will be announced later. He will be inaugurated during the next school year.
The election of a new president was necessitated by the planned retirement of President Millard C. Reed at the end of June 2005. Reed has been president of Trevecca since 1991.