Mr. Wagner is originally from New Jersey, but has also lived in Michigan and California. After graduating from The King’s College, and while attending Northeastern, he met his wife, Eileen, at their home church, Brookdale Baptist, in Bloomfield, NJ. They were married in August 1967, and will celebrate their 47th anniversary this year. They have 2 sons; Jim Jr. lives in Lynchburg and works at B&W and as an adjunct professor of Business at LU. He and his wife, Alyson have one daughter, Jaymee, who just completed her first year at LU in the Honor’s Program. Their other son, Doug, lives in Kansas and works for Cox Communications. He and his wife, Gretchen, have 2 children, Leighton, who just completed his sophomore year in high school, and Lanna, who just completed her freshman year. Both of his sons and their wives are graduates of LU, and they are praying that their other 2 grandchildren will do so too.
After working several years as an insurance claims supervisor, God called him into child care ministry, first at the Christian Home for Children in NJ, and then at Teen Ranch in Michigan. Then, God called him to continue his education, and after a time in California, he moved to Lynchburg in 1984 to pursue his Master’s in Counseling at LU, which he received in 1986. He began working here in 1985 and has served as an Academic Advisor, Director of Testing, and Director of the Academic Opportunity Program. In addition to the CLST classes, he also has taught the Kinesiology class in Golf for the past 17 years, and has served as the scoreboard operator at LU’s football games, and as the public address announcer in the Vines Center for LU’s men’s and women’s basketball games.
Mr. Wagner likes to stay active and does so by playing golf, working out, and doing projects around the house. He and Eileen, who recently retired after working for 26 years as the office manager for WRVL radio, like to travel, visiting family and spending time at Myrtle Beach. He can also be seen at many of LU’s athletics contests. They are members at TRBC and are both involved in several ministries there. They feel blessed to have spent the last 30 years, Lynchburg, which is definitely home, and they have no plans to leave the area.
Mr. Wagner was born into a Christian home and has been in church all his life. He “raised his hand” many times growing up, but believes he was truly saved at the age of 12 at a church camp meeting in Pennsylvania. His parents gave him a wonderful Christian heritage, which has now been passed on to his children and grandchildren. He is grateful for the opportunity God has given him to work at LU and to have an impact on the lives of the students that he works with.