Gerd & Maria Stanszus

Gerd & Maria Stanszus

Board of Directors


Gerd was born on July 22, 1945 in Germany and grew up in a Christian home in Hamburg. While attending Bible College in Switzerland he received the call to be a missionary in West New Guinea. There he also met Maria, daughter of American missionaries to Sicily. They were married in July 1970 on Long Island, New York. Two years later they began their pioneer missionary work in an unreached interior tribe.

After serving there for six years they returned to the States and helped plant a church in Pottstown, PA. During the next ten years Gerd taught several Sunday school classes and served as an elder.

In 1989 Gerd and Maria with their four children followed God’s call to minister in Germany. They pastored a church in a predominantly Catholic area in South Germany for 17 years.

Gerd and Maria have been living in Anchorage, AK since 2009 and Gerd recently started his own business that he considers as a marketplace ministry.

Their four children serve the Lord either full or part-time in Germany, PA, MO and AK and have given Gerd and Maria 11 grandchildren.

 Although no longer in full-time ministry, they continue to have a heart for missions and consider it a privilege to serve on the board of directors of Antioch World Mission.               Maria serves as Secretary.