Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
The Reverend Dr. Marcos A. Miranda is the Founder and President of New York State Chaplain Task Force–an interfaith organization comprised of over four thousand crisis spiritual care providers. He is also the Senior Pastor at Action In Christ International Church, in Brooklyn, New York, and the Overseer of more than two hundred ministers at Christian Clergy International– an organization that provides an enrichment forum for interdenominational Christian clergy, so that attention can be brought to issues such as the persecution in foreign nations of Christians and other minority faith groups, and the state of the disenfranchised poor Christian churches worldwide.
Rev. Miranda’s dedication to the betterment of humankind has led him to create and participate in organizations that exemplify love, peace, and compassion. A Board Certified Chaplain, Board Certified Clinical Supervisor and member of both the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association, he served as a hospice chaplain at the renown Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, NY, and currently serves as State Chaplain for the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, as well as for the New York Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations. He is an Assistant Dean at the New York Divinity School, and Chief of Operations for the NYPD 90th Precinct Clergy Council.
Rev. Miranda was one of the first clergy to be hand-picked to participate in New York City Ceasefire—a program focused on reducing violence by communicating clearly and directly with gangs, crews, and drug sets through call-ins and custom notifications.
Rev. Miranda received his doctoral degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and has had the honor of guest lecturing at St. John’s University, Fordham University, The New School, The Harlem Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Union Theological Seminary, and other prominent institutions. His latest book Get Out of God’s Way is now available, and his articles regularly appear in the Caring for the Human Spirit Magazine.
For his humanitarian efforts, Rev. Miranda has received numerous proclamations, awards, and citations, including the J. P. Morgan Chase Unsung Heroes Award, the Humanitarian Award from Concerned Women of Brooklyn, New York, and Community Services Awards, the Queens Federation of Churches and Kollel Ayshel Avraham Rabbinical Seminary, as well as citations from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, the New York City Comptroller’s office, and the New York City Council Speaker’s office.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Working with the most influential people in the world, I’m the music.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Always be positive and focus on your goals without looking to the side.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My mother was the first female chaplain in NY when everyone told her it was impossible, but that’s has inspired me to go for anything because nothing is impossible.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I now chair the largest chaplaincy in the world. My target and goal in life are to help the needy.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Giving up isn’t your answer. This is my favorite quote which is applicable in all aspects of life. There were times when people decided to give up and accept their failure, but this acceptance was not the solution to the problem. So, I always have this quote in my heart whenever I feel loss and disappointment. Here I am with no giving up.
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