Edward I Wagner
1108 Dithridge Drive
Course of Study School of Ohio - Graduate Bio of Ed Wagner
What Church(es) do you serve? Where? Tell us something about your congregation.
I currently serve full-time appointment in a 3-point charge for the Sidman, Beaverdale and Dunlo UMCs. The churches are located about 3 miles apart from each other in the Forest Hills area of the Johnstown District of Western PA and combined have over 120 members. Each congregation has people with a diversity of gifts and abilities for serving God, their communities, and one another. It is joy and privilege to be serving as their Pastor.
Graduate: Course of Study for Local Pastors - Methodist Theological School of Ohio
BA Social Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown -minor in Regional Planning
MA, Personnel Admin / Industrial Relations - Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA
I worked in the Economic Development Field for 38 years - during that time I specialized in a variety of roles including sales, workforce development & training, program management, contracting and consulting to business, government and manufacturing companies in Southwestern PA.
Ministry Experience: I served as a part-time local Pastor for 9 years while working full-time in economic development. In June 2017, I retired from my career in economic development and began working as a full-time local Pastor in July 1, 2017.
Tell us about your family (names, what they do, where they live…)
My wife’s name is Susan. We have a wonderful marriage and celebrated our 30th anniversary this past April. She holds an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Social Worker, currently working part-time for a home health services organization. We have been blessed with three children: Matthew, 28 is a graduate of Messiah College and works for Northwestern University. Our son Jonathan is 25, is a graduate of Grove City College (PA) and works for a health care consulting company in Indiana, PA. Our daughter Julia is 19 attends a culinary training program at the local Technical School.
When did you begin COS? What other campuses have you attended?
I began COS classes at MTSO in 2004, one year after my first appointment as a part-time local pastor and completed 4 courses within the next several years. In 2006 I made a very difficult decision to give up the part-time pastoral ministry to spend time needed with my wife and young family, and to continue working full-time in the economic development field. Although I struggled with whether or it was what God really wanted me to do, I returned to serve as lay leader of my home church, Oakland United Methodist, and God honored my decision. In 2010, God called me back into the pastoral ministry and during the following six years I have completed the remaining classes at MTSO, with the exception of one course that I completed at Wesley Seminary in D.C.
Please describe a highlight of your COS experience?
To complete COS, I have made 40 trips to MTSO from Johnstown but it was definitely worth it. My experience at MTSO has been completely positive and blessed.
I have several highlights, but the greatest part of it was fellowship with other local pastors.
I learning new practical ministry and theological concepts and appreciated how every professor encouraged input and open discussion from the class.
What words of wisdom do you have for those you are leaving behind?
Take it one day at time and continue to pray for strength, guidance, and wisdom.
God is faithful and he will not let us fail.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and intercession, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God and the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Philippians 4:6-7)