Capt (Ret’d) Anton Topilnyckyj (Prayer Coordinator)

Married to my childhood sweetheart, together we have grown to realize how God’s grace and mercy works in marriage. We have four children and, so far, seven grandchildren. We have felt blessed to be part of the military and know God will use both our personalities and characteristics to share His hope with our serving and retired brothers and sisters and their families.

I joined the universal green forces in 1974 as a Supply technician thinking I was Air Force. However, upon arrival at 4 Combat Engineering Regiment in Lahr Germany, the Regimental Sergeant Major ceremoniously removed my wedge cap from my head indicating I would no longer need it. Accepted into the university training plan, I attended RMC and served as an Army Logistic Officer until an injury forced me into retirement. My favourite posting was my last where, as an Ammunition Technical Officer, my platoon and I would blow up our frustrations every Friday afternoon on the demolition range.

In 1979, while in Lahr Germany and attending my first ever bible study, I accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour. A military brother guided me to an understanding of Jesus and God grabbed a hold of me and never let go. My relationship with God had been touch and go for as long time. I outwardly appeared to be a believer yet inside I was still serving my own idols. I woke up in 2003 and began to sense God had something for me to do. As I grew in my relationship with Christ I was led back to the MCF, where today I feel truly blessed to be part of a team that is on mission to take the gospel into the military community.