Bob WagnerElder, Discipleship
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where I met my wife Geri. We were married in 1980. After college, I attended Loyola University – Chicago College of Dental Surgery In Maywood, Illinois. Upon graduating in 1985, Geri and I moved back to her hometown of Green Bay with our two little girls.
I was saved in 1989 at the age of 32 and have sought to be a diligent student of the Word ever since. I can truly attest to 1 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Knowing Christ has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined and I still get excited about sharpening my theology and drawing closer in my walk with Him.
After raising two daughters and a son, God laid it on our hearts to adopt two teenage girls from Cheboksary, Russia. In 2007 we were blessed to have Anya age 14 and Tatyana age 13 join our family. Our eldest daughter, Jessica, lives with her husband and four children in Andover, Minnesota. Our second eldest daughter, Kimberly, lives with her husband and three children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our son, Matthew, is currently attending dental school in Bradenton, FL and Lord willing, will be joining me in practice in a few years. Anya Married her high school sweetheart in 2014 and Tatyana is working in our office as a dental assistant. We are blessed with believing children who love God and actively seek places to serve the Lord in their local churches.
My family and I have attended Bethel since 1997 and I have served as an elder since 1999. Geri and I enjoy studying God’s Word and seek to apply the practical and unchanging wisdom of Scripture to every circumstance of life. We both enjoy teaching Bible Studies, offering Biblical counsel and encouragement to those in need, and opening our home in hospitality. We enjoy fellowship with other believers, trips to Door County, art fairs, walking, camping, motorcycling, gardening and of course, visiting our children and grandchildren. We count it a blessing to be part of the Bethel family and to minister in whatever capacity God calls us to.