Acevedo to Lead Fall Revival at Asbury
September 1, 2016
Rev. Jorge Acevedo ‘84 will visit Asbury University’s campus for Fall Revival next week, bringing a message of grace and love.
Acevedo is Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. His message theme will be “A Grace-Full Life: God’s All-Reaching, Soul-Saving, Character-Shaping, Never-Ending Love.” Services will be held in Hughes Auditorium during next week’s Chapel services (10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), and at 7 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium Monday through Thursday.
“This week is such a highlight for our community,” said Rev. Greg Haseloff, campus chaplain and associate dean of campus ministries at Asbury. “It’s an extremely important time to pray together that our students will say ‘Yes’ to the amazing grace that invites them into a relationship with Jesus!”
For Acevedo, Fall Revival was just such an opportunity when he was a student. As a new believer, Acevedo found that Asbury’s campus was the perfect place to grow in his faith, and Fall Revival played a special role in his experience, conveying a message of hope and holiness.
“It was like water for a man in the desert for me,” Acevedo said. “I came to Asbury as a new follower of Jesus from a life of drugs and alcohol. It was the distinctive biblical and Wesleyan message of grace that I experienced and heard that transformed my life.”
Preaching his second Fall Revival at Asbury, Acevedo looks forward to reconnecting with a place that changed his life during four years at Asbury and four years of seminary.
“I love the Asbury community — it’s where my spiritual roots are,” Acevedo said. “In the classrooms, dorms, and, most importantly, in Hughes Auditorium, the trajectory of my spiritual life and ministry was shaped and set in my eight years in Wilmore. It’s my spiritual home.”
Acevedo received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in May 1986 and an Elder in May 1990.
In addition to his pastoral work, Acevedo has written several books including “Sent: Giving the Gift of Hope at Christmas” (Abingdon Press, 2015) and “Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World” (Abingdon Press, 2013). He has also co-authored “The Heart of Youth Ministry” (Bristol House, 1989) and has written for the United Methodist Publishing House, Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine and Our Faith Today.
To learn more about Spiritual Vitality at Asbury, visit: asbury.edu/spiritual-vitality.