Founder of the Christian Mission to Gaza
Hanna Massad was born and grew up in Gaza. He graduated from Bethlehem Bible College in 1991. Following that he studied in the U.S. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where he was awarded his Master of Divinity degree in 1994 and Ph.D. in theology in 2000.
He was the first local pastor at Gaza Baptist Church where he pastored the church for 12 years. He has been involved in a collaborative Christian television project, writing study guides on the Gospels of Matthew, John and the book of Acts which have been designed for use on the internet.
In 2007, after the murder of his friend and fellow church member, Rami Ayyad, Hanna and his family, along with 8 other families, evacuated from Gaza. Hanna and his family now live in Amman, Jordan, where he and his team members are helping 1,000 Iraqi refugees families. From there he visits Gaza 3 or 4 times a year in order to continue to support the church there. Hanna is the founder of the Christian Mission to Gaza which supports relief work in Gaza amongst those who are suffering the most. He is on the faculty of Bethlehem Bible college/Gaza extension. He has also taught several courses at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary.