"Sometimes people ask me why do we minister to Gaza. Our answer: We believe God called us to. We believe His promises that we are not alone, He is walking alongside of us. Also, because we have good friends like you who encourage and care about us."
- Pastor Hanna Massad (Gaza Baptist Church)
Hanna Massad was born in Gaza City in 1960. After graduating from Gaza High School he worked in a private hospital for four years before God called him into the ministry.
In 1987 Hanna was ordained and served as a pastor of the Gaza Evangelical church, while he pursued a BA degree from Bethlehem Bible College, which he received in 1991.
Hanna then left Gaza to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where he received his master of divinity degree in 1994 and then a PhD in Theology in 2000. While he was studying at Fuller, Hanna served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Azusa, California.
Hanna was called to serve as the pastor of the Gaza Baptist Church in 1999. In September 2000 he married Suhad who was born and raised in Kuwait. Suhad has a B.A. and a M.A degree from the University of Jordan with a major in biology. They have two daughters Joycee and Joylene.