Sam Acevedo is the pastor for social transformation at the Congregación León de Judá in Boston, MA. In addition to his traditional pastoral duties, Pastor Sam serves as the executive minister overseeing Miracle Mile Ministries, a collaborative of churches devoted to a sustained, deliberate, strategic response (volunteers, nutrition, clothing, love, etc.) to the “Miracle Mile” (a roughly two-square-mile area in the South End of Boston). Pastor Sam also serves as the board chair of the Boston Higher Education Resource Center, an organization that enables at-risk Latino and other first-generation youth to gain access to higher education, break the cycle of poverty and become leaders in the community. He was the organization’s executive director from 1999-2022. Pastor Sam also serves as one of the founding co-chairs of the Boston School Committee’s Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force. Previously, Pastor Sam served on the 2020 Exam School Working Group and both the 2015 and 2018 Boston Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee. He and his wife, Marina, were married in July of 2001.