Justin was saved by Jesus in 1999 and called into vocational ministry in 2001, the same year Karena trusted Jesus as her Savior. In 2003, God positioned them in a local church youth ministry in which they served for over seven years. Justin's B.A. is in Religious Studies and Karena's B.A. is in American Studies from University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Justin graduated from Huntington University with an M.A. in Youth Ministry Leadership in 2012.
The Hannekens began serving with NMSI in January 2011. Justin's role was Director of Outreach for YouthHOPE. He's led or participated in short term projects in Myanmar, India, Mexico, Bulgaria, Zambia and more. His wife, Karena, homeschools their 5 children and helps out with PFO's on campus. Together, with amazing friends at NMSI, they created Ends of the Earth Cycling, a ministry of NMSI. Ends Cycling exists promote and resource global youth ministries. Since it's inception,Ends Cycling events have raised over $365,000 for global youth ministry. Glory to God!!!
With NMSI since 2011