Chuck Holtry, a ’97 elementary education graduate, now directs the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE). by Kevin Wahl
“I’ve always loved children,” says Hartland graduate Chuck Holtry, “but while student teaching, I found that my true love was secondary education. As soon as I graduated, I went and taught academy.”
After teaching academy for five years—the last two years at Hartland Academy—Chuck started teaching some college classes at Hartland. “I realized that I really enjoyed working with older minds.”
Chuck ended up teaching Bible, something he’d never thought he could do. “And I discovered it’s something I really love doing. Eventually I felt the need to share publically the knowledge I have, and not just keep it to myself or among the “saints.” So I did an evangelistic series, and I liked it. Then God opened up the door for me to become an evangelist for Amazing Facts.”
Today Chuck is director of AFCOE.* “My job is to inspire and train other people in evangelism and Bible work—what it is and how to do it, as well as how to train others.”
Chuck is also involved with foreign mission work through AFCOE. Two years ago he traveled to Indonesia and last year to Guatemala, Greece, and Thailand. “This year it will be South Africa and again Thailand.”
In addition to doing evangelistic work, Chuck is a devoted husband and father. He is married to Christina (Bruno) Holtry, ’03 Hartland graduate, and has two children, Grace and Christopher.
Concerning his college education, Chuck relates, “At Hartland I gained a respect for the historical grammatical interpretation of Scripture. And that is the most important thing a student can ever receive from a college education—learning that they can trust God implicitly, that His Word is final, and that there is a truth, a foundation, a standard.
“In a sermon at the 2013 GYC** conference, Elder Ted Wilson stated, ‘We must base our beliefs on the Word of God using the…historical grammatical method of studying the Bible and approaching our prophetic understanding from a historicist’s perspective. God’s Word must be foundational to our beliefs, our faith, and our practical living that strongly establishes our identity as Seventh-day Adventists.’1 And Hartland has provided that for its students.”
Chuck concludes, “I love teaching. For me, evangelism is teaching. It is the core of what I do.”
*Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism
**Generation of Youth for Christ