2009 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church

Jorge Acevedo and Jack Ewing

Rev. Jorge Acevedo is presented the Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church Award by Dr. Jack Ewing.

The Foundation for Evangelism recognized Rev. Jorge Acevedo on October 31, 2009, as a leader whose life and ministry reflects a personal commitment to helping persons experience God’s transforming love through Jesus Christ. Rev. Acevedo is a transformational United Methodist pastor who lives his life “confirming his love for Jesus Christ.”  He provides exceptional leadership to Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in Cape Coral, FL.  When he began his ministry at Grace Church, 400 people attended weekly services.  Now more than 2,600 attend each week and the congregation is busily growing the North Fort Myers campus and a new storefront location.

Inner transformation, which led to an outer transformation, is cited as the catalyst for growth at Grace Church. Rev. Acevedo states, “There are thousands of people whose lives have been radically transformed by the grace of Jesus through the ministry of Grace Church.”  He credits the people of the church with the turnaround saying that they listened to what God asked them to do and then just did it.

Rev. Acevedo is a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Deacon and Elder in the Florida Conference.  In 2001 Rev. Acevedo received the Denman Evangelism Award.  He has been active as a delegate to the Jurisdictional and General Conferences and serves on the Southeastern Jurisdiction and Florida Conference Episcopal Committees. He co-authored The Heart of Youth Ministry with Hule Goddard, and has also written for various publications including the United Methodist Publishing House and Circuit Rider magazine.

Born in Puerto Rico, Rev. Acevedo moved with his family to the United States when he was four months old.  He is married to Cheryl Montgomery. They have two sons, Daniel (married to Courtney) and Nathan, and two grandchildren, Mia Erin and Levi.

To learn more about Grace Church and the ministry of Rev. Acevedo and his congregation, visit www.egracechurch.com.