Dr. John Seitz, Sr.
Senior Pastor 2000-2019
Our beloved friend and pastor Dr. John Seitz Sr. passed away Thursday, June 20. Pastor John came to Antioch in 2000 and was in his twentieth year of servant leadership here at Antioch when he entered the presence of Jesus. His funeral Service was officiated by his close friend Pastor Greg Johnson.
Pastor John is survived by his wife, Gail; children, Hannah, Sarah (Tyler) VanWey, John Jr. and Rebekah; father, Paul Seitz; and brothers, Rob (Lisa) and Martin (Shirley). He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma.
John was born November 24, 1967, in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Paul and Norma (Moore) Seitz Sr. He married Gail on May 20, 1990, in Joplin, Missouri. John graduated from Doss High School in Louisville. Pastor John received a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College, a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University, and a Doctorate in Leadership at Trinity Theological Seminary.
John began his preaching ministry in Oklahoma and later in Kansas before moving to Marion in May of 2000, when he became Senior Pastor at Antioch Christian Church. He was a member of Blessings Ranch Board, Christian Evangelist Mission Board and Gospel Broadcast Mission.
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Growing up in Ethiopia as the son of missionary parents, Greg developed his commitment to Christ, his passion for the church, and his heart for people that have propelled him through a lifetime of Christian ministry.
Greg and his wife, Becky, raised their two daughters, planted churches, developed leaders, and led community development and famine-relief projects among the Maasai tribe of Kenya (1978-1997). As Director of Marketplace Ministries for CMFI (1997-2002), Greg developed partnerships, strategies, and teams to get Christian workers into places not open to traditional mission methods.
From 2002–2017, Greg served as Lead Pastor of Generations Christian Church in Trinity Florida. Just like in his missions career, Greg continued to connect people to Christ through multi-site worship services, community transformation, and global outreach.
Greg is a relational and visionary leader – always caring about people and always seeking to advance the kingdom of Christ – across the street and around the globe!