Meet The Pastors
Dr. Roberto Miranda, Senior Pastor
Dr. Miranda has served as Senior Pastor at Lion of Judah since 1994. He felt called to ministry while pursuing doctoral studies at Harvard with a view toward a life in Academia. In 1986, he dedicated himself to full-time ministry and in that same year was ordained as Pastor from the CB Churches of America.
He holds a BA in International Relations from Princeton University and an MA in Hispanic American Literature from Harvard. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate (D.Min) from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Pastor Miranda is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops in the U.S. and throughout Latin America and hosts a local popular radio program “Dios Habla Hoy” which is heard all over New England.
He is happily married to Mercedes Miranda and they have two grown daughters, Sonia and Abigail who’ve blessed them with several grandchildren.
Gregory Bishop, Associate Pastor
Greg often refers to himself as the “Confused Gringo – trying to pass for Latino!” He studied at Amherst College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary before beginning to serve as Associate Pastor in 1998. He has focused primarily on the areas of pastoral care and spiritual formation, developing a Discipleship curriculum, small groups, and children's ministry. In recent years, he helped to launch an English service, a young adult fellowship, and an outreach to people who are homeless. He continues to provide pastoral counseling and visitation in English and Spanish. His wife, Kennis Akemi, works in Faulkner Hospital as a Speech Pathologist and ministers in dance. They have a son, Noah Jonathan (2007), and a daughter, Charis Megumi, (May 2009).
Mercedes Lopez-Miranda, Associate Pastor
Mercedes Lopez-Miranda (Meche) was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to Boston to pursue a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. Professionally, she specializes in serving children with developmental delays. She has been pastoring at Lion of Judah along with her husband, pastor Roberto Miranda since 1984. She has led our congregation’s women’s ministry for the past 23 years, organizing a yearly regional retreat for women. One of her goals is to actively contribute to the formation of an army of women that passionately embrace a calling to become spiritual mothers within their respectives circles of influence. Meche also leads our congregation’s counseling ministry. She also founded our pre-marital counseling ministry 13 years ago.
Her primary motivation is to glorify God in everything she does and her greatest passion is to be used by Him as an edifying and restoring instrument.
She is deeply thankful for three decades of marriage, and to be the mother to Sonia & Abi, and her son-in-law Miguel. She is proud to be the grandmother of Caleb.
Jonatán Toledo, Associate Pastor Children & Family Ministry
Jonatán Toledo has been part of Congregation Lion of Judah since 2007. He currently serves as one of our Associate Pastors overseeing our Children and Family Ministry. Prior to moving to Boston, Jonatán served five years as a summer intern with TIME Ministries in the Dominican Republic and Camino Global, formerly CAM International in Mexico City. He holds an M.Div. in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has a passion for cross-cultural ministries in urban settings. Jonatán has a driving desire to serve and empower immigrant families by partnering with parents to educate and support their children. He also has a strong passion for social justice, community service and international missions.
Isaίas Rivera, Associate Pastor
Isaίas Rivera has been part of Congregation Lion of Judah since 2009. Isaίas is currently involved in pastoral care, prison ministry, pastoral counseling, discipleship and the ministry of men. Before moving to Massachusetts, he pastored a church in Puerto Rico and New York. Isaίas has traveled to Guatemala and Mexico as advisor for student groups from Gordon College. In 2008, he served as the guest speaker at the week of Global Missions at Gordon College.
Mick Da Silva, Associate Pastor
Mick Da Silva has been a part of Congregacion Léon de Judá since 2012. He started his career as a pastor when he was very young. At the age of 16 he was already involved in pastoral ministry. He worked several years as a missionary and base director of Youth With A Mission, (YWAM). Mick had the opportunity, as a missionary, to serve in different countries in Asia, South America, North America and Africa. For more than 10 years he trained missionaries and helped them to establish their ministries around the world.
Samuel Acevedo, Associate Pastor
Samuel Acevedo is an Associate Pastor at Congregación León de Judá, where he leads several social justice efforts aimed at influencing Latino society in New England for the Kingdom of God. To that end, Pastor Sam serves as the founding Executive Director of the church-based Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC), dedicated to the ministry of helping inner-city young people go to college.