Steve and Judy Holz began their 43 years of service with Mission Aviation Fellowship as a Pilot/Mechanic family in war-torn Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Africa. They then served in Transkei, Africa; in Botswana; and with their children in Lesotho, Africa. Returning from Africa, Steve headed up the Maintenance Training Department at MAF headquarters. He is currently serving as Maintenance Supervisor for the three Cessna 206 aircraft, flown for MAF Pilot training in the mountains near MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.
Steve, a native of Park Ridge, Illinois, earned a degree in geography at the University of Arizona in Tucson. It was at the university that he accepted the Lord after a meeting where the speakers shared Christ. Already a Private Pilot, he soon responded to the call to “help get the Gospel out” by serving with MAF. He completed a postgraduate year in Biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute, and finished the rest of MAF’s Pilot/Mechanic requirements in California.
Judy was raised in Visalia, California, and graduated from the University of Redlands. Though raised in church, a roommate there led her to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Judy’s favorite verse is Ephesians 2:10 which states, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Judy was nurtured in the Word of God at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, where she also began teaching in their elementary school. It was there that she met Steve, and it wasn’t long before Judy was preparing to be the wife of an MAF pilot!
Throughout their years of service with MAF, the Lord has given Steve a variety of interesting positions. As an MAF pilot/mechanic, Steve fulfilled the desire of his heart in Africa, which was to “help missionaries share the Gospel.” Steve was also able to help people meet other practical needs in their everyday lives. Judy taught a multinational Women’s Bible Study there, and later taught in an international school. When Steve returned to work at MAF headquarters, he was asked to head up the maintenance training of new pilots, who would soon be maintaining the aircraft they would be flying overseas. Later, loving to work with his hands, Steve moved into his more “hands on” work of providing safe maintenance for the hours of flight training given our young pilots in the Idaho mountains.
One of Steve’s favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” Through all their years with MAF, Steve and Judy have enjoyed the wonderful adventure that God has led them into. They plan to continue in their ministry with MAF until, as Steve says, “the Lord leads us out.”
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Holzes’ ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.