Sunish "Jake" Abraham was born to missionary parents in India and grew up in the Philippines. It was while he was studying to be an engineer at Portland State University (PSU) that God called Jake to serve him with Cru. After serving as a missionary in India for a couple of years, Jake returned to Portland to marry his wife Julie, also a graduate from PSU. Following a few years of work as an engineer, Jake and Julie joined Cru staff in 2000, moving to Melbourne, Australia with the campus ministry. They lived in Melbourne for seven years, launching the campus ministry at Monash University and other universities around Melbourne.
Sandhya Oaks is a campus ministry leader, speaker, writer, and fierce advocate. Born in India and adopted as a Transracial Adoptee in the Midwest, she has been serving with Cru for more than 13 years and loves developing and caring for students and staff. Because of her joy for storytelling and love for walking with people through the mountains and valleys of life, she holds a Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care, Resilient Leadership, and is a Spiritual Director. Her story holds tremendous loss, abundant resilience, and defiant hope. She is passionate about sharing God’s restoration in her journey and has been delighted at doing so through writing blogs, being interviewed on podcasts, and speaking & emceeing at conferences across the nation. Sandhya lives in Colorado and spends her free time learning the art of cooking Indian Food, sipping coffee with friends, and watching her favorite show - Ted Lasso
Ray graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently serving as a pastor in New York City. He has a passion for discipleship, evangelism, and social justice issues. He helped to launch Kaleidoscope, a local and multiethnic ministry that seeks to be a bridge between the Christian and LGBTQ+ community through training, support groups, and volunteering opportunities. His favorite color is orange, which has been described by his friends as somehow both easy to buy gifts for and difficult to find gifts for.
Susie is Canadian by birth, Korean by heritage, Mexican by marriage and American by immigration. She is passionate about matters surrounding reconciliation, racial justice and the Gospel. Susie and her husband Marcos met at Fuller Theological Seminary while getting their M.A. in Intercultural Studies and now have 4 beautiful LatAsian children. After serving as a youth pastor and church planter in South Central L.A. for 14 years, Susie continues to teach and preach around the country and now lives in Long Beach, CA.
Growing up in the inner city, Jose Rodriguez was faced with many of the same challenges that students are faced with today. Impacted by his environment he made some poor choices. He joined a gang, got arrested for stealing cars, and even was suspended from school pretty regularly. His story is one that many can relate to today but it is a story of a complete turnaround. Jose now is the founder and CEO of Rescue a Generation Inc., a non-profi t that focuses on reaching students who are struggling in school due to behavior, suspensions, and family issues. He is a well sought out motivational speaker who speaks to students in a variety of venues across the nation. His passion for young people, authenticity, and boldness gives him the tools to effectively rescue this generation.
Margaret Yu is the National Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru. She has served with Cru’s Campus Ministry for over 30 years. Her campus experiences span the globe from Milwaukee to Berkeley, to East Asia to Uzbekistan or to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Margaret loves college students. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. Margaret’s interests include mentorship or leadership development, talking shop about the NBA, and being at the beach. She is also an avid Michigan Wolverines fan as that is her alma mater. You can follow Margaret on Facebook, Twitter: @CCCEpicMargaret or on her blog at margaretyu.blogspot.com/
Hung and his family fled from war torn South Vietnam in 1975 and came to the United States and was sponsored by a local Church in Chattanooga, TN. He and his wife Angela have been married for 25 years and have three children, Caleb, Brooke, and Jericho. They have served with Cru for the past 23 years and Hung currently serves as the Team Leader for Cru's High School ministry in Los Angeles. They are committed to reaching students in some of the most under served areas of Los Angeles Their passion is to help bring the love and truth of Jesus to teenagers around their city and the world. Their family embraces the messiness of ministry and loves sharing life with the staff, college students, and teens in which they have the privilege of serving and leading.