Jorge Acevedo is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America.
Previously, he served as Executive Pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; and as the Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
Born in Puerto Rico, Jorge moved with his family to the United States at the age of four months. At age 17, he was touched by the grace of God and rescued from a life of addictions, and his life has never been the same. His greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church.
Jorge is a 1984 graduate of Asbury College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Bible. He is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. Jorge was ordained as a Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in May 1986 and as an Elder in May 1990.
Jorge was the 2001 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award from the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 2007, he was named the Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2009, the Foundation for Evangelism named Jorge the 2009 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.
Jorge co-authored Sent: Giving the Gift of Hope at Christmas. He also authored Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World, and co-authored The Heart of Youth Ministry. He haswritten for the United Methodist Publishing House, Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine, and Our Faith Today.