About Don & Paula
Don and Paula Wagner were raised in St. Louis, married in 1986, and have three adult children. They have served as missionaries in Kenya, India, Greece, Central America, Zambia, and the USA since 1994.
Don studied linguistics at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Dallas, TX to prepare him to serve as a Linguistic Computer Consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT). Don and Paula served with WBT for 8 years during which time they lived in Nairobi, Kenya. Paula worked homeschooling their three children, and caring for their house and family. Don served to train Kenyan and expatriate Bible translators how to use the computer and Bible translation software to speed the task of Bible Translation.
Don answered a call to seminary in 2002. He graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary (CTS) with a Masters in Theological Studies. Paula continued to homeschool their children while Don was in seminary and also worked at the public library and served as the church librarian. Don was ordained as a preaching and teaching elder in 2003 and has continued to serve the Church in various leadership and teaching roles for children’s, youth, and adult ministries in the local church in the various places they have lived around the world.
Since graduating from CTS, Don has served as a team leader for church planting and a theological educator in Asia and Central America. The Wagners joined the EFCA mission board, ReachGlobal (RG), in 2012. Don served with RG as co-director of the International Bible Institutes of Central America providing biblical and theological education for pastors and church leaders throughout Central America. This was challenging work as more than a 1000 pastors and church leaders responded to the opportunity to receive biblically grounded, theological education. While living in Central America, Paula developed and facilitated teaching Bible stories and related crafts for children living in slum areas of Central America. She also supported other missionaries in their ministries with children.
In response to invitations from pastors in South America, Africa, and Asia to expand the network of Bible institutes globally, Don and Paula joined with Global Training Network in June of 2018. They continue serving the Lord together with a deep desire to equip pastors and church leaders around the world, helping them to rightly handle the Word of God. Don and Paula are passionate about evangelism, personal discipleship, and mentoring others to equip them to continue the process of discipling and teaching others prescribed for us in 2 Timothy 2:2.