Samuel Acevedo : Associate Pastor
Samuel Acevedo is an Associate Pastor at Congregación León de Judá, where he leads several social justice efforts aimed at influencing Latino society in New England for the Kingdom of God. To that end, Pastor Sam serves as the founding Executive Director of the church-based Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC), dedicated to the ministry of helping inner-city young people go to college.
Through its one-on-one City Passage Mentor Program, an SAT program, adult computer-literacy and ESOL programs, and an intensive two-year college prep program known as Passport, the Boston HERC has helped over 1,000 at-risk kids go to college since its inception in 1999. Since December of 2007, Pastor Sam has also served as Director of COPAHNI, the Fellowship of Hispanic Pastors of New England, an organization representing over 70 Latino churches throughout New England. COPAHNI ministries include Vale Esperar, an effort to reach over 2,000 at-risk Latino youth in communities such as Boston, MA, Providence, RI, and Hartford, CT, over the next five years, with a vision of promoting sexual abstinence as part of preparing a generation of Latino leaders.
Pastor Sam attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Sam then attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1993. After law school, Sam joined the New York City Law Department where he prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases in New York City’s Family Court. Sam returned to Boston in November 1999 to join the staff of Congregación León de Judá where both COPAHNI and the Boston HERC are based. Pastor Sam also serves on the board of the Ten Point Coalition, Boston Trinity Academy, and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministry and Education (CUME). He and his wife, Marina, were married in July of 2001.