Dr. Stan Lindquist Impact Award 2018 – Roger Minassian
After four years of naval service, four years in the aerospace industry, and 22 years of parish ministry, Rev. Roger Minassian founded Hope Now For Youth, an organization that has lifted over 2,300 gang young men from the streets through caring relationships, jobs and Jesus. In 2003 he authored Gangs to Jobs, a book that has inspired others, as well as the feature film, Streets of Hope. Upon retiring from Hope Now in 2007, Roger and his wife, Marilyn, trained to become Marriage Mentors and Educators. In 2012, Roger retired as Adjunct Faculty in Relationships Education from Fresno Pacific University. Currently, Rev. Minassian mentors young Christian leaders, conducts Marriage Mentoring with his wife, teaches Anger Management at Hope Now, and offers a Stress Disorder Relief Ministry he developed that has reduced the symptoms of many autoimmune disorders.