Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church. Touched by the grace of God at seventeen, he was never the same. Rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church.
Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida. This church has grown in its weekend attendance from 400 to over 2,300 in the past 11 years. In 2003, Grace Church planted a second campus in East Lee County by adopting a declining United Methodist Church. Today this campus has more than 225 people in attendance. In 2007, Grace Church purchased a former grocery store and is in the process of opening the Grace Community Center, a holistic ministry center and home to the third worshipping community of Grace Church. From 1992 to 1996, he served as one of the pastors at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; from 1988 to 1992, as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; from 1984 to 1988 as Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
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 an Elder in May 1990. He was the 2001 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award from the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church given to a pastor for excellence in evangelism. In 2007 Jorge was named the Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Asbury Theological Seminary. He was a 1996, 2000, and 2004 delegate to the Jurisdictional Conference and a 2000 and 2004 delegate to the General and Jurisdictional Conference. He was also the co-delegation leader for the Florida Conference to the 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
Jorge serves on the Southeastern Jurisdiction and Florida Conference Episcopal Committees. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Mission Society.
Jorge co-authored The Heart of Youth Ministry with Hule Goddard, which was published by Bristol Books in January of 1989. He has also written and consulted for the United Methodist Publishing House, Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine and Our Faith Today.
Born in Puerto Rico, Jorge, at the age of four months, moved with his family to the United States where he was raised. Jorge was married in November, 1981, to Cheryl Montgomery. Their twenty-five year old son, Daniel is married to Courtney who gave birth to their first granddaughter, Mia Erin. They also have a twenty-year-old son, Nathan.