From God's Creatures Ministry
ANNE DUHAIME - Anne has always been an animal
activist. She became vegetarian at the age of 4 when she discovered meat
was made from animals! She started Tri Boro Animal Welfare in 1987. She was elected for town council in 1990
and became the first woman Mayor of her home town in NJ. She built a
shelter during her time in office which serves six area towns.
She served on the State's Animal Companion Committee for five years. She
has been a hospice volunteer for Care Alternative for ten years. She was born
in England, and her Dad was a Vicar (minister) in the Church of England
(Anglican). She married her husband Richard (a G.I.) in 1961 and came to
America in 1963. She has 5 children and ten grandchildren.
DEACON JOE DWYER - Joe is trained in
martial arts and possesses a 3rd degree black belt in Karate. Along
with this training and his diverse life experiences, Joe believes in
journeying with the people he speaks with by using an engaging style
that people thrive in. In December 2012 Joe opened his own dojo.
Noble Strength Dojo is located in Nutley, New Jersey.
A certified dog trainer, Joe has always had a passion for animal rights. He has
rescued all of his dogs. Most recently, he trained one of the rescued
dogs, Shelby, to be a certified therapy dog. In November of 2011,
Daniel “the miracle Beagle” came to live with Joe and his family.
Daniel has already had a positive impact. Through his story of
survival from the gas chamber, Daniel has inspired adoptions and has
brought an awareness to the need to pass a law to ban the use of gas
chambers. He is also an author and motivational speaker.
JAN FREDERICKS, MA, LPC - Jan founded God's
Creatures Ministry in 2001 while living in Pennsylvania. She was
Chairman of Catholic Concern for Animals-USA for their first 5 years as a USA branch.
She has an MA in Christian Education and is a Licensed Professional
Counselor. She composed the presentation "God Knows...Animals Matter"
and she enjoys the outdoors, music (esp. Gospel), and reading.
She produced and directed CHRISTIAN CONCERN FOR ALL GOD'S CREATURES, a
36 minute video based on GCM's 2006 conference.
"The way we view and treat animals affects and reflects our relationship with God" - Jan Fredericks
REV. FRANK L. and MARY T. HOFFMAN
- Frank and Mary
are retired, and now volunteer full-time to manage The Mary T. and Frank
L. Hoffman Family Foundation and host the
site, which also hosts the God's Creatures Ministry web site.
REV. JANET REGINA HYLAND
, 11/30/33 to 10/9/07. We were honored to have had
Rev. Hyland on our board. She treaded where
few dare to go battling the evil of indifference, injustice and
violence in our world for both people and animals. She knew that
our relationship with God is intimately connected with out treatment
of His animals who were put in our care. She was an Evangelical
minister who worked with various groups to meet the physical,
material and spiritual needs of migrant farm workers. She was also
the founder and director of Humane Religion, an educational and
outreach ministry that focuses on the biblical mandate to extend
God's love and compassion to animals, as well as to humans. She is
the author of "God's Covenant With Animals
", The Slaughter
Of Terrified Beasts
and Sexism Is A Sin
She will live on in her writings and in our hearts.
JANET PISZAR has been a supporter of G.C.M. since its inception in New
Jersey. She has been an avid animal lover since
infancy/childhood. Over the years, she and her family
provided homes for cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea
pigs, rabbits and various injured domestic and wildlife.
She founded the Animal Club at the age of seven that she
operated out of the garage spreading the message "ALWAYS be kind
to animals, they are our friends".
She's been involved to stop the harp seal hunt with the
International Fund for Animal Welfare working with the faculty and
staff at her University collecting names for a petition for IFAW.
Janet is a long time vegan and works for farm
animal concerns. She has also been very involved with the
protection of NJ wildlife. She founded PUBLIC TRUST Wildlife
Management in 2011 and is also under the umbrella of The Coalition
For Animals along with God's Creatures Ministry and local
rescue groups. A goal of PUBLIC TRUST Wildlife Management is
to prove and expose, through government documents, that the
management of game animals is for shoot-able surplus. And,
that this is in direct violation to the Public Trust Doctrine that
the publicly owned wildlife resource must be managed for the
public's benefit...not for the hunters' benefit.
Janet is thrilled to serve God's Creatures Ministry's mission
to spread God's compassion for all creatures.
LAURIE ROBERTS supports her compassion for
animals through eating a vegetarian diet and using cruelty-free
products. In addition to her job as a medical biller, Laurie is a
holistic health counselor who helps her clients improve their lives by
moving towards a more compassionate diet & lifestyle. She also
volunteers at a nursing home bringing animals to visit the residents.
She enjoys physical fitness, movies, music and spending time with her
family & friends (esp furry ones!)
MARY SEPEDE, RN, MSN - Mary Sepede is a pediatric nurse who
received her MSN from Seton Hall University.
Mary has loved animals all her life and has been a vegetarian for over 30
years. She has been a long time volunteer with FOWA Rescue--serving as a
board member, cage cleaner, adoption counselor, foster parent for cats and
kittens, fundraiser and director of the cat socialization and humane
education programs. She has also participated in numerous demonstrations
over the years to protest the abuse and killing of animals. She is the lucky
parent of a rescued dog, Serena, who was adopted from Puerto Rico, having
survived Dead Dog Beach. Serena is her constant companion and best friend.
Mary enjoys spending time with her friends and family, birding and
ecotourism. Her goal is to see as many distant and wild places as possible.
JEANNE SYLVESTER - Jeanne has been a vegetarian and
animal rights activist for 20 years. Enjoys walking dogs at a local
animal shelter, playing the clarinet and the outdoors. She's a
God's Creatures Ministry (GCM) had it's first
meeting in NJ on Super Bowl Sunday, 2003. Jeanne, Mary, Laurie, Jan and
Anne attended. We hope that churches and similar communities will have
similar animal ministries or GCM chapters.
Brochures are available upon request.
See: El Ministerio de las Criaturas de Dios
God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's compassion to all He
has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a Christian Ministry, we
encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee in their community. We
extend our resources to those who would like to learn more or begin their own
God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God created us to have a
vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals. Instead, we have
exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and useless, torturous
research. These creatures have the right to live as they were created to live.
Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we strive to bring
God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now where Jesus, The
Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah reigns. We look forward
to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from slavery to corruption
and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God' (Romans 8:21) where a
little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see Isaiah 11:5-9).