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Janet Abbey — Director and Co-Founder

Janet Abbey is the Founder and Director of Fight the Hate Ministry. She was born and raised in England, UK and has been active in ministries both in and outside of the church all her adult life. In 2002 Janet founded an organisation called ‘Inspired’. It’s objective was to support and mentor young people with behavioral problems, who had been excluded from the public school system. Before leaving England Janet was employed in a public school as a advocate for children with learning differences.

In 2011 Janet and her family relocated to California. After four years of serving as the director of children, youth and young adult ministries at Mountain View Central Church, Janet responded to the heavy burden, God had placed on her heart, to develop a collaborative ministry that could unite the strengths, talents and resources of young adults leaders and pastors from churches across the Central California Conference. The vision she has for fight the Hate is give young people both a voice and a purpose.

Janet say’s “It is overwhelming to see just how God has had his hand on this ministry. The numerous doors God has opened for us and work we have been able to in our churches and community has given us all have a better understanding of the nature of God heart.”

Pastor Ivor Myers — Co-Founder

Pastor Ivor Myers began his ministry at the Campbell Church in November, 2014, after previously serving at the Templeton Hills SDA Church for nine years as senior pastor. Pastor Myers is passionate about evangelism, and equipping church members with the skills to lead others to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and experience firsthand His righteousness. He is enthusiastic about ministering to the Campbell community.

Author of several books, including the innovative Operation Blueprint, Earth’s Final Movie, Pastor Myers is founder/president of Power of the Lamb Ministries and ARME Bible Camp. His Operation Global Rain, now called 10-days of Prayer, has been adopted by the General Conference of SDAs. Pastor Myers and his wife, Atonte, co-host the “Battles of Faith” program on 3ABN.

Pastor Isai Hernandez — Advisor

Pastor Isai Hernandez was born in Santa Cruz, CA and grew up in Freedom, CA. His parents raised him in the Adventist church and he had the opportunity to attend Monterey Bay Academy for all four years of his high school career. It was while at Monterey Bay Academy that he felt God calling him to full time ministry. After graduating from Monterey Bay Academy in 2013 Pastor Hernandez went on to attend Pacific Union College to study theology. While at Pacific Union College he spent his summers working at Leoni Meadows. After graduating from Pacific Union College in 2017 he spent a few months as a bible worker for the Exeter SDA Church and now serves as the associate Pastor of the San Jose Hispanic SDA Church.

El pastor Isai Hernández nació en Santa Cruz, California y creció en Freedom, California. Sus padres lo criaron en la iglesia adventista y él tuvo la oportunidad de asistir a la Academia de Monterey Bay durante los cuatro años de su carrera en la escuela secundaria. Fue en la academia de Monterey Bay que sintió que Dios lo llamaba a el ministerio. El pastor Hernández pasó a asistir a Pacific Union College para estudiar teología. Mientras estuvo en la Pacific Union College, pasó los veranos trabajando en Leoni Meadows. Después de graduarse, pasó algunos meses como obrero bíblico para la Iglesia de Exeter y ahora se desempeña como pastor asociado de la Iglesia Hispana de San José.

Aimee Peñaloza — Administration and Promotion

Aimee is dedicated to serving God and is passionate about helping young people develop an authentic and deep relationship with Jesus. She has supported Fight the Hate Ministry in various capacities since its inception. She currently serves Fight the Hate in Administrations and promotions. As a council member Aimee is also responsible for vision casting and event planning. Through this ministry, Aimee says she has grown her in her faith and renewed her hope that the Seventh-Day Adventist Church can meet the needs of young people. She is excited to see where God continues to lead this ministry

Julia Lugo — Finance and Treasurer

Julia Lugo is a Sr. Manager for MidPen Housing, a nonprofit Company whose focus is to provide safe, affordable housing of high quality to those in need and foster diverse communities that allow people from all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to live in dignity, harmony and mutual respect. She has been involved in Ministries for Young Adults, Singles and Hospitality. Julia supports Fight the Hate as the treasurer. As a council member her role also includes event planning and administration. Julia says “I feel very blessed to be a part of a ministry that is having such a powerful impact on the youth and young adults in our church community.”

Jonathan Wheeler — Technical Advisor

Jonathan Wheeler is an electrical engineering student at Stanford University. He’s involved with young adult ministries at Mountain View Japanese Church, and volunteers at Mountain View Academy and Miramonte Adventist School. Jonathan supports Fight the Hate by designing and maintaining its website, and building behind-the-scenes tools for the ministry.