Miracle Mile Ministries
The opioid epidemic ravishing New England is impossible to deny. The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts is over twice the national average. Massachusetts ranks third in the nation for fentanyl-related deaths – with all six New England states among the top 10 for fentanyl deaths. Boston’s Methadone Mile, or Mass & Cass, has been called "the epicenter of the region's opioid addiction crisis". [Rios, Simon, WBUR, 10/19/21]. You will hear from Pastors Sam Acevedo and Davie Hernandez, who are leading a multi-church Movement to “turn Methadone Mile into Miracle Mile – one soul at a time”.
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FACILITATOR AND PRESENTERS
PASTOR SAM ACEVADO
REV. DAVIE HERNANDEZ
REV. KELLY FASSETT
PASTOR SAM ACEVADO
Sam Acevedo, is the Pastor for Social Transformation at the Congregación León de Judá in Boston, Massachusetts. In that capacity, 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 area we call "Miracle Mile" (a roughly 2-square-mile area in the South End of Boston often referred to as “Mass & Cass” or “Methadone Mile”); until recently, Pastor Sam also served as the Executive Director of the Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) since its founding in 1999, an organization which enables at-risk Latino and other first-generation youth, to gain access to a higher education, break the cycle of poverty, and become leaders in the community. Sam serves as one of the founding Co-Chairs of the Boston School Committee’s Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force; previously, Pastor Sam had served on the 2020 Exam School Working Group, and both the 2015 and 2018 BPS Superintendent Search Committee. He and his wife, Marina, were married in July of 2001.
Rev. Davie Hernandez
Rev. Davie Hernandez is the Senior Pastor of Restoration City Church (RCC), a multi- campus church in the inner city of Boston, Massachusetts and its surrounding communities. He is also an overseer of ministries in other states. He, along with his wife of 25 years, are the founders and Executive Director of Rooted in Restoration, a nonprofit agency. Rooted in Restoration operates Jasmine’s House, a home for women with children struggling to overcome addiction, abuse, and other areas of trauma.
In addition, Rev. Davie serves on multiple boards that serve the Boston and Southern New England communities. Board of Trustees at Emmanuel Gospel Center, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, The Boston Collaborative, and Chairs the Boston Chapter of the & Campaign.The love of Jesus is shared in Boston through a multitude of RCC ministries, such as community outreach, which feeds thousands of families every year. Other RCC ministries are Adopted Schools Program, Rose of Sharon, which reaches those trapped in sexual trafficking, and many more. He is a preacher, a teacher, and more importantly, a servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.