Abraham (aka Abe) is what you would call “homegrown.” Abe is no stranger to the San Fernando Valley, where he was born and raised. Born to immigrant parents from Mexico, Abe is a first-generation Mexican-American with two sisters and four brothers. His life was never short of a dull moment. With minimal exposure to Jesus and the Church, at the age of 21, he found himself begging God for answers. God answered in a big way by leading him to Shepherd of the Hills Church (now known as Shepherd Church) in December of 2000. Abe was baptized the following year, and soon after, joined a Life Group with his new wife Desserie.
Because of his cultural upbringing as a first-generation Mexican-American, Abe intuitively understood the need for community life. In a big church, he found that community life in a small group!
His passion for connecting people into a Life Group stems from his experience and now better understands it from a Biblical worldview. God created His people for community life! Because of his passion and heart for people, Abe joined our pastoral staff in 2008.
As a Los Angeles native, Abe is an avid Laker fan! He also enjoys Southern California beaches, window-shopping (yes, you read that correctly), reading, and cooking. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids more than anything else. For the Anaya family, snuggling is a way of life!
Abe is currently finishing his Bachelor's degree in Biblical studies at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, California.
Things you may not know about him:
- He is a classic car enthusiast but doesn’t own one
- He always wanted to be a fireman
- Tacos are his favorite food (he gave himself the nickname "Al Pastor Abe")
Contact Pastor Abe:
818.831.9333 ext. 2245