Dr. Roberto Miranda : Senior Pastor
Roberto Miranda attended Phillips Academy at Andover and graduated in 1974. Upon graduation, he entered Princeton, and studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, graduating in 1978. He spent a year working at the admissions office in Princeton, and then entered Harvard in 1979 to do graduate work in the Department of Romance Languages, graduating in 1989 with a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures. In 2013 he received an honorary doctorate (D.Min.) from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
During his studies at Harvard, Dr. Miranda helped found a Latino church in Boston’s South End, which he has pastored from 1984 to the present. Today, Congregación León de Judá is one of Boston’s largest churches, widely known for its very diverse composition and impacting social ministries to minority youth and Latino immigrants. Founded in 1999, León de Judá’s Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) has served thousands of Latino and African American youth in their efforts to enhance their academic performance, enter college and receive financial aid. In 2005, President Bush mentioned the Boston Higher Education Resource Center in a speech at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, pointing it out as an example of successful faith based social service in the United States.
Dr. Miranda is nationally known as a religious leader, and is very active in seeking to bring unity and spiritual renewal among churches from all denominations in the New England area. He is the founder of Covenant for New England, a multi-denominational organization that brings together various religious ministries for this purpose. He is also the founder and past president of the Fellowship of Latino Pastors of New England (COPAHNI), an umbrella organization serving over 70 Latino churches from different denominations in the New England area. He has preached in many countries in Europe and Latin America. Dr. Miranda is married to pastora Mercedes. They have two daughters, Sonia and Abigail.