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.

Col (Ret’d) Gerry Potter (President)

I am married to an amazingly patient and fun lady and together we have raised three children: a daughter who is married, and two sons one of whom is also married. I also have one grandchild, and as of this writing, with two more on the way.

I served in the Canadian Forces for 35 years as both an operator and as a staff officer and I have enjoyed a diverse number of postings across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Afghanistan. Since, retiring from the Military I have provided consulting services to a variety of commercial, and international government clients.

While serving Canada a military officer I also served the church in leadership positions in most locations where I was posted. I came to faith in Jesus when I was 26 years old and the Lord placed in me a hunger to know and serve Him that has guided my every decision. Currently, I am enrolled in a Masters of Theology program at Heritage Seminary.

 

Padre (Capt) Andrew Whitman (Executive)

I live together with my wonderful wife, our two daughters and now our second foster baby. She’s the strength behind my uniform and ministry with a heart for relational women’s ministry.

I have served in the CAF for 17 years as an artillery officer, including one battle group tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan. I have recently switched to become a chaplain, and am currently serving in 5 CDSB Gagetown in that role. The Lord opened my heart at age 7 and I committed my life to him and was baptized. I always wanted to be an ‘army man’, and even at 16, I prayed to God to bless my army cadet corps and make it a ministry.

I became involved with the MCF at Royal Military College, where we developed a small group ministry with 5-6 groups at a time. During this time I was convicted while reading Eszekiel 33 that God appointed us to be watchmen for the military community. So, I sought to be a gospel trumpet by serving the artillery well – my commanders, my troops, and my peers – so as to honour Christ, and to be transparent with what I believe. It was only much later that chaplaincy entered my mind. As chaplain, my desire is to empower many to be watchmen for our people.