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Faith leads Wagner to ministry

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Pastor Faye Wagner knew early in her life that she wanted to share her faith with others.

Born in a Baptist family, Wagner’s only option at that time would be to serve as a missionary.

She grew up in Wichita, married Wayne, and had a family — two sons, Bryan and Jordan. Along the way, she became a member of United Methodist church.

In 2001, while the family was living in Salina, she realized her calling.

“(The) Rev. Susan Stover (at the Salina church) told me I should become a minister,” Wagner said.

Wagner had been teaching Sunday school and sharing her Christian faith.

With the support of her family, Wagner earned a master of divinity at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. She spent four years in Kansas City, coming home only on weekends.

While in seminary, she was appointed to Brookville United Methodist Church, which she served for three years.

After graduation in 2005, Wagner served churches in Ellis and Palco for the next two years. She then served Moundridge for two years.

And now, Wagner is serving Valley and Lincolnville United Methodist churches in Marion and Lincolnville.

“I enjoy being with people and ministering to their needs,” she said.

Wagner also enjoys preaching.

“I see preaching as talking to myself as well as the congregation,” she said.

When teaching Sunday school, Wagner considers it as much of a learning experience for herself as well as her students.

“Learning the Bible is a foundation for faith. I can always learn something new.”

Wagner said she enjoyed her time in Moundridge and was looking forward to serving in Marion because there is diversity in religions.

“I was so pleased to see there were different denominations,” she said, adding it makes a community appealing.

When Wagner made her initial visits to Marion and Lincolnville, prior to the appointment, she said she was impressed with the emphasis the Marion church had on youth.

“The youth groups have 40 to 60 children involved,” she said.

Wagner also was impressed with the after school and pre-school programs.

“Youths are the future of the church,” she said.

Wagner also liked the intimacy of the Lincolnville church and looks forward to serving that congregation as well.

Husband Wayne will continue to work as manager of a medical clinic in Lindsborg. Her sons are grown and live in Lenexa and Topeka.

Wagner began her pastor duties July 1. The Wagners will reside in a parsonage in Marion.

Last modified July 8, 2009

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