After his dramatic conversion in 1997 Justin Fatica has been evangelizing in dynamic ways. Since Hard as Nails was founded in 2002, Justin Fatica has impacted over one million people and HAN has hundreds of volunteers all over the world. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Education. He has been featured on many TV shows such as Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, TBN, EWTN, and had a HBO film on his life and work called “Hard as Nails”. He is an author of 4 books.
He is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hard as Nails Ministries. He resides in Syracuse, New York, with his four children and his beautiful wife, Mary.
Mary Fatica is a graduate of Seton Hall University, where she received her Bachelors degrees in both Elementary and Special Education, and then a Masters degree in Elementary Education. She and Justin met during their freshman year at Seton Hall, and she became involved in Justin’s first mission on the campus called the “12 Apostles Program”. Justin and Mary got married in 2003, and currently live in Syracuse, NY where she homeschools their children.
Gabrielle is an 18-year-old from Indianapolis, Indiana. She got involved in Hard as Nails because of her desire to share the love and joy of Christ with others, especially the youth of America. Her hobbies include music and dancing.
Joey is a 19-year-old from Buhl, Idaho. He became involved in the Hard as Nails when a seminarian connected him with Justin. Joey loves to workout, listen to music, and eat cereal.
Naturaleza (“Nati”) is a 24-year-old from Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Nati came to Hard as Nails to help young people realize how much God loves them. She loves to watch movies, read, hike, and hang out with friends.
Brandon is a 23-year-old from Yorktown, Virginia. He knew he was called to evangelize because he felt God calling him to serve the broken and those in need of healing. He served one year as a missionary before coming on the Hard as Nails as a Missionary Leader. His favorite things to do are watch Notre Dame sports, play basketball and football, and make pancakes.
Rebecca is a 18-year-old from Indianapolis, Indiana. She was impacted by the ministry when she was younger and wanted to give a year of service to God. Her favorite things to do are bake cookies, read, and go thrift shopping.
Chris is an 18-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania. He got involved with the ministry because he met Justin and loved the energy and style of Hard as Nails. Chris enjoys sports, piano, and being with people.