Pastor Robert Wagner of the Calvert Grace Brethren Church in Owings, Maryland, was one of several pastors interviewed by a southern Maryland newspaper on the subject of being thankful. Here is an excerpt–to read the entire article, click here.
The Rev. Robert Wagner of Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County in Owings has led the congregation since 1982, when the church started out as a Bible study. Wagner served at the Grace Brethren Church in Temple Hills for seven years before the Owings church became a church plant, where members of a church support the establishment of a new church in a different location. After three years, the congregation had a church home at Northern High School before settling in its current home on Route 260.
Wagner said his duties as a pastor have expanded to include administration and mentoring of staff in the church, counseling responsibilities, teaching, relating to people, hospital visits and community outreach. Wagner said he finds joy in “helping people to see that there is purpose and design in life and it is found in a person, Jesus Christ. I take a great pleasure in seeing lives being transformed by the Gospel.”
Wagner’s role in administration might have expanded with more staff, but he said some things stay the same.
“People’s needs have not changed no matter the change in the culture. The overriding need is a relationship with God,” Wagner said.