Anthony Pantlitz – “That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it”

Alumnus of the Year

"When I came to CIU, CBC at the time, I got a vision for world evangelization, to take the gospel to the whole world. That seed was planted in me, and everything since graduation has been working on fulfilling that seed.” In 2004 he was called to active duty as a chaplain with the U.S. Army Reserves deployed in Baghdad, Iraq. “The best ministry in my entire career was that one year, on the battlefield, in combat, ministering to soldiers. After I returned from Baghdad, my life was changed... so I enrolled in active duty full time.” Anthony joined the U.S. Air force, and was sent to Afghanistan, where he served as a chaplain until 2010 when he medically retired. After his service, Pantlitz felt God calling him to return to his birthplace of Jonestown, Guyana, the place where Jim Jones and his cult committed mass suicide. He has been working as a missionary there ever since, seeking to undo the damage done, and engage people with the real Gospel message. He said “I got a chance to take [the Gospel] to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and several countries in the middle east, and now I’m taking it back to the land where I began. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.”