ABOUT BOSTON


Founded in 1630 by Puritan colonists seeking religious freedom, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It’s the home to famous Americans such as John Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock and many infamous events such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Boston Tea Party. Through its history, Boston has gained quite a few nicknames, including “Bean Town”, “Cradle of Liberty”, “Athens of America” and the “City on a Hill” – originally dubbed by John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts. In a sermon preached from his ship docked in the Boston Harbor, Winthrop alluded to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount by proclaiming Boston to be a “City upon a Hill” and saying that Boston shall be a model of Christian charity throughout the new land.

With its Christian roots, rich history and tourist sites that take you back in time, it’s sometimes difficult to remember the social and economic problems that plague current day Boston. In Boston, over 16 percent of high school students carry weapons and 81 percent of homicides occur in four neighborhoods that are heavily populated by gangs. According to the 2012 census, there were over 6,600 homeless individuals living in the city and over 180 of those people were living on the streets. Human trafficking is also an issue in Boston, with an estimated 11,000 to 20,000 people living in slavery. As a port city, Boston has become either the source or a stop on the road for many individuals being trafficked across the U.S. People throughout Boston are hurting in many different ways.

Despite the problems that the city is facing and being commonly referred to as one of the least churched cities in America, God is doing amazing things in Boston! With a flourishing number of local ethnic churches, and many new churches and nonprofits popping up here every year, many are answering the call to be Christ’s hands and feet and to love those whom Jesus loves. At CSM Boston, we are excited to partner with these organizations and to work to put Boston back on its way to being John Winthrop’s vision of a “City upon a Hill” and a light to not only this nation, but all nations across the world!

  • “CSM blends a passion for the inner-city with a heart for the youth and families who come to serve. It’s mission and service at it best.”

    Dann Spader, Founder of Sonlife Ministries
  • I LOVE the concept of the ministry, and the opportunities to engage the individual folks on the street and hear their stories were priceless!
    I know our kids will be impacted for a long time to come:)

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for a wonderful experience and for my students. I know that they not only enjoyed themselves, but has left them with some wonderful memories. Detroit is a wonderful city and is in need of more help! Thank you again for your organization and for making a difference to the people of Detroit.

    Group Leader
  • My hopes and prayers for my College group were met.  I believe,  by God’s grace,  each of us had a life-changing experience by serving together in each of the Ministry sites. It was a joy to come along-side the work God is doing in the Churches and Ministries in Nashville. Thank you again for your wisdom and friendship.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for making this a memorable trip for me. I have done a few student mission trips in the past, but none as well organized and thought out as this.

    Group Leader
  • I love CSM’s philosophy of ministry and mission. That’s why I brought a new church to you guys this past summer. I look forward to doing other trips in the future with CSM

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for being a part of our ministry and for helping our students get some perspective on serving and helping those living in poverty. I appreciated the fact that the students were given the opportunity to make and impact and to be impacted.

    Group Leader
  • Thank you for having a great organization where people are given the opportunity to learn and serve those in need. Thank you for treating our group with respect and having a great host to share our experience with. God bless you all.

    Group Leader
  • “Here at the Cartel, we think it’s cool that they have year-round, long-term relationships with their ministry partners within the cities they work in. In other words their strategy is like ours…we develop long-term collaborative ministry partners within an ecosystem we call “the Cartel” and CSM does the same type of thing within the short-term missions world, developing long-term collaborative mission partnerships.

    Adam McLane, Partner at The Youth Cartel
  • I can confidently say that the CSM is doing short term mission trips as well as they can be done. The work of CSM is thoughtful, wise, symbiotic, and generative… and CSM is doing a brilliant job furthering the Kingdom of God. I am delighted to call them a partner in the revolution.

    Shane Claiborne
  • If Christians are to make an impact for the Kingdom in the 21st century, they must live out the call to be Jesus’ hands and feet to the poor and needy. CSM gives young people and adults the opportunity to do just that in North America’s inner–cities.

    Tony Campolo
City Director
Chris was born and raised in Rhode Island before making the trek north to the great city of Boston, MA. He attended college at the University of Rhode Island where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. While in college, Chris began volunteering with his church’s youth group and eventually, after a few years of God’s calling, stepped into a role where he would be the student director. Chris continued to volunteer in this role for a few years while working as a warehouse manager for a casket company (not as weird as you may be thinking!) until being called to serve with CSM as their first City Director in Boston.