ROGER FEENSTRA, Founder and executive director
Roger is the founder and executive director of Hope Now Cambodia. He is the pastor of Hope Now Bible Church in Fresno, California.
Hope Now Cambodia is a ministry to Cambodian/American men who came to the U.S. legally, as refugees but were sent back to their country of origin for various reasons.
These men have been banished over 9,000 miles from their homes and families with little hope of ever returning. They love and miss their families in the U.S., moms, dads, wives, children…all are left behind.
Hope Now Cambodia brings a ray of hope into their lives. We let them know they are loved and most importantly that God loves them. We provide a caring relationship, ongoing Bible studies, and other services needed as we are financially able. All the men we work with are English speaking. Most know the Khmer language. They are not proficient, however, since growing up in the United States (although their parents spoke Khmer at home) these men would consider English as their native language.
Our ministry focuses on two cities in Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and Battambang. Each city is led by a staff member who becomes the pastor to many of the men we work with.
Our director, Roger Feenstra, graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received a certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College.
Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 25-year career with a national retail bookstore chain. In 2000 he served as president of the company and held that position for four years. Entering full-time ministry in 2004, he became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth until 2018. Today, his ministry efforts include full-time pastorate work in Hope Now Bible Church, Fresno, teaching, training, and directing the Hope Now Cambodia ministries.
Carol is a retired Registered Nurse. She formerly taught the Bible to children in our Hope Now Bible Church Sunday School and has written a Bible study workbook for elementary-age children. Carol is a woman of prayer and knows the importance of presenting requests to the Lord daily. She has traveled to Cambodia and has seen the ministry first-hand.
Roger and Carol were married in 1975 and have two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters).