Sergio PerezJob Ready Crew Supervisor, since 2000
Sergio Perez is Job Ready Crew Supervisor. He is a faithful and longstanding staff member of Hope Now; being a part of the team since 2000. Sergio was born in Fresno and now lives in Clovis with his wife and children.
During his high school years Sergio was expelled over and over again for fighting, vandalism and ditching. He was expelled not only from school but from the school district. He moved on to George M. DeWolf continuation school where he graduated through hard work and encouragement of Hope Now. He also obtained a certificate in auto body work from Edison High School
The day he came to Hope Now, he was going to take his life, but a dinner with Rev. Roger Minassian changed and saved his life. Sergio was a Hope Now graduate in the late 1990’s. Since 2000 Sergio has been an asset to our Hope Now team.
He enjoys fishing and camping, home repairs, lifted trucks and fast cars. He is a property manager/owner of a tri-plex apartment complex in Fresno. He is married and has three children.
Along with his wife, Sergio are members of Hope Now Bible Church where they serve the Lord by teaching Sunday School for kindergarten through second graders.
Johnny TrujilloSenior Vocational Placement Counselor, since 2011
Johnny Trujillo is a senior vocational placement counselor. He came to Hope Now in the mid-2000’s and after graduation had a date with the court to fulfill an 18 month prison sentence. Upon his release, Johnny worked in cabinetry and roofing. In 2011 he was hired as a gang youth advocate, to recruit young gang members from the streets.
He loves cycling, and has always enjoyed fishing and camping (although he never catches any fish). He is part of “Like Martin Park” in the Lowell neighborhood and is an Adult Ally for the California Endowment. He has a passion to help others and serve those less fortunate than himself. He is presently attending Penn Foster Online High School and is nearing completion of his diploma.
Johnny is married and has five children. He and his wife are members of Hope Now Bible Church where they direct the youth group. Johnny is the missions coordinator and director of the church’s motor pool (2 vans).
Bill MurrayEmployer Specialist, since 2004
Bill Murray is employer specialist. He was born in Sunland, CA, but grew up in Sanger and Fresno. He attended Sanger High School, Reedley Junior College (AA degree). He graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.
Bill has worked successfully for Frito-Lay, Nestle Foods, Western Valley Veterinary Supply, and Saturn. In 2004 he came on board Hope Now For Youth.
He enjoys bike riding, golfing, gardening, and traveling. He plays the trombone in his spare time. He is married and is the father of two adult children (one who is at home with the Lord Jesus). He is also a proud grandfather.
Bryce NaylorDirector of Program and Discipleship, since 2005
Pastor Bryce Naylor is director of program and discipleship. He is a graduate of Simpson University. He has served in various Christian ministries over the past several years including Forest Home Conference Center, located in the San Bernardino mountains.
Bryce has a unique gift for memorizing Scripture and has mastered the books of Jonah, part of Philippians, all of Colossians and James along with large portions of Psalms and Isaiah and the Sermon on the Mount.
Bryce has traveled to places such as the Middle East, the U.K., India and Cambodia.
He is a licensed pastor and an elder in Hope Now Bible Church. He leads music and preaches on various Lord’s Days throughout the year. He is married and has four sons.
Jack MorrisExecutive Associate, since 2013
Jack Morris is executive associate in charge of our accounting, donor communications and client database development. He was born in Santa Barbara, CA, but grew up in Santa Maria, CA. He has lived in Fresno since 1981.
Jack graduated from Fresno State in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude. His accounting emphasis has allowed him to work with reputable companies like Arthur Young and Co., Granville Homes, Inc., and his own payroll service (Morris Payroll Services) from 2001-2013 until he sold the company to come on staff with Hope Now.
He enjoys reading, time with family, watching his nephew play professional soccer for Seattle Sounders and the United States National Team, playing tennis, and tinkering with an old car (1977, 280z).
He is married with two grown children. Jack is active in his church, Northpointe Community Church. He recently visited Israel.
Jesse CastroDirector of Employment Development, since 2001
Jesse Castro is director of employment development. He was born in Fresno and currently lives in Northwest Fresno with his wife and four out of seven children.
He went to school in southwest Fresno and Mendota as a child, then attended several high schools and continuation school. He received his G.E.D. from Caesar Chavez Adult School. Jesse also received his Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate from Fresno City College.
Jesse was introduced to Hope Now For Youth as a youth in our program in 1995. His first job was at Scelzi Enterprise. From there Hope Now placed him in Sinbad Sweets, then Lyons Magnus as a delivery driver for their maintenance department. In 1999 he studied and attained a class “A” driver license and found a job on his own at Waste Management in Fowler, CA.
In October 2001, Jesse was hired to be a counselor for Hope Now. Within a few years he became lead counselor, then program director, director of job development and now executive employment specialist.
Jesse was recognized by Hope now as outstanding youth in 1998. He has a passion to help young men and young fathers change from a life of destruction and despair to a life of love for Jesus, family, success at work and home.
Paul VarelaSenior Vocational Placement Counselor, since 2011
Paul Varela is a senior vocational placement counselor. He was born in Fresno, CA and now owns a home in west Fresno. Paul was introduced to Hope Now as a youth while he struggled through life as a gang member, drug dealer and meth user. At Hope Now he found love he never knew existed and love that he thought he didn’t deserve. But God and Hope Now saw it differently.
After graduating from Hope Now, Paul worked at Jack’s Car Wash, City of Fresno, Keiser Corporation, and now Hope Now For Youth.
He graduated from Clovis Adult School in 2013 with a scholarship for outstanding academics. Shortly after graduation he enrolled in Moody Bible Institute where he is currently attending. He has received a certificate in Teaching Children Effectively and was 2015 Student of the Year in Art of Shotokan Karate.
Paul has a passion and desire to share the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ to the lost and broken. He has a heart for those in despair and who suffer from addictions. He gets no greater joy than watching a person give his life to Jesus. He boldly preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also enjoys martial arts (Shotokan Karate) and has trained for over three years. He likes fishing, and a nice cup of coffee. He is married and has five children.
Paul is Prayer Coordinator in Hope Now Bible Church where he worships and serves.
Roger FeenstraExecutive Director and CEO, since 2004
Pastor Roger Feenstra is the Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth, a Christian emergency rescue organization that helps young gang members, ages 16 to 24, get out of the gang life and into a job. Hope Now accomplishes this goal by sharing the love of Jesus Christ with each young man who enters the program. Roger is a licensed pastor and an elder in Hope Now Bible Church.
He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and Moody Bible Institute. Roger received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies.
Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70’s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004.
He has traveled extensively including such places as Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel.
Roger is married and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren. (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He enjoys reading, watching baseball, playing golf, and hanging out with his grandkids.