Craig and Christa Hollander, with their children Faith, Sean and Mercy, are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving in Indonesia. As a pilot/mechanic, Craig flies hundreds of passengers and thousands of pounds of cargo each month in support of church and community development projects in the isolated mountain villages of North Kalimantan. Craig's favorite verses are Revelation 5:5-6a. He feels “these verses are an awesome summary of history and eternity. The Lion who rules is a Lamb who was dead but now is alive! God's glory is everywhere, from the humiliation of the cross to the brilliance of heaven."
Craig was raised in Ripon, California. Through the lives and testimony of friends in high school, Craig realized his need for salvation. As part of the high school church youth group, he made several short mission trips to Mexico. During Urbana '93, Craig sealed his commitment to serve in missions. He attended Boston University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He earned a B.S. in Missionary Aviation from Moody Aviation in Tennessee. Craig holds a commercial single-engine and multi-engine pilot's license, is a certified flight instructor and an airframe and powerplant mechanic. In addition to his current ministry as an MAF line pilot/mechanic, Craig is also the Chief Pilot for the Kalimantan program, overseeing field standardization and safety, conducting airstrip checkouts, and giving proficiency flight reviews to his fellow MAF pilots.
Christa was raised in Galt, California. She accepted Christ as a child. Her Christian walk was influenced most by her parents, teachers, and youth pastors. During junior high, she read many missionary biographies. Their commitment and sacrifice inspired her to be willing to live for God in whatever way He chose. Christa earned a B.A. in Bible Theology/Biblical Languages from Moody Bible Institute. Christa and Craig met at Moody and were married in 1997.
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 Craig and Christa’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.