CLJ: A Brief Look at its History

 
 

How It All Began...

Originally known as Central Baptist Church, the Lion of Judah Congregation was founded in 1982 in the city of Cambridge with the purpose of satisfying the spiritual needs of Hispanics in the Boston area. Since its inception, it has attracted members of the Latino community from around the city. At present our congregation includes people from practically all of Latin America. In addition, through our ministry in English we have members from many other parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the English-speaking Caribbean and North America. Our members live and work in many of the neighborhoods and areas adjacent to Boston.

Our membership reflects the great diversity of people that make up the Hispanic community in the Boston area. It includes immigrants from South and Central America, as well as Caribbeans who have lived in the United States all or a large part of their lives. We have teachers, social workers, members of the middle and lower class, people with doctorates and others with little education.

In 1994 we bought our first building in Boston itself. We moved from our original location in the city of Cambridge in order to be in a better position to serve the Hispanic community of the metropolitan area through evangelism and social service. Our social ministries impact various aspects of the life of our community, including youth education, adult education programs, and immigrant assistance. In 2007, we inaugurated a second building that currently serves as our Social Transformation Center, as well as rooms for meetings and spiritual education. In December 2013 we moved to our new sanctuary, a beautiful auditorium with social and educational rooms adjoining our two other buildings.

We recognize that "if the Lord does not build the house, those who build it work in vain" (Ps.127.1). Our efforts will always be based on the power of Jesus Christ, and our only purpose in undertaking these projects will always be to raise him before the eyes of humanity, "so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life" ( John 3:14 and 15).

Our purpose is to declare Jesus Christ as Lord of the City, as the only hope to solve the serious problems that affect our urban communities. Everything we do and acquire is for the exclusive glory of God, and for the building up of his Kingdom. We believe passionately in the unity of the Body of Christ beyond denominations or geography. Our physical plant and ministerial resources exist to serve as a platform for the revival and strengthening of the whole Church in New England and the world.

Our General Pastor, Dr. Roberto Miranda, has been related to our church since it was founded by Pastor Juan Vergara in 1982. He has been our pastor since 1985. His secular studies include a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the University of Princeton, and Master and Doctorate in Hispanic American Literature from Harvard University. He was officially ordained as a pastor by the Conservative Baptist Churches of America in 1986. Since that year he abandoned his secular career to devote himself to pastorate, and since then he has been working with our congregation full-time. Pastor Miranda has received various academic and ministerial honors. However, consider being able to work as a servant of Jesus Christ the highest honor of your entire life. Your work with several community agencies.