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Church of the Dunes pastor announces retirement

• Oct 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The United Methodist Church of the Dunes has announced the retirement of its lead pastor, the Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner, effective at the end of the year.

“We celebrate with Pastor Glenn as he transitions to retirement, and offer a heartfelt thank you for his leadership and service at Church of the Dunes,” said Neal Miller, chairperson of the Grand Haven church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Originally from Elmhurst, Ill., Wagner moved to Holland to attend Hope College. It was there that he met his future bride and native to West Michigan, Nancy Oosting.

With a Master of Divinity from Yale and a doctorate from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Wagner provided leadership for more than 40 years to 10 congregations in four states and two countries. He also became the father of two and friend to many throughout America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

As an accomplished story teller with a passion to listen and learn, both from persons of authentic faith as well as those who have established doubt, he has published many works, including “God-Incidents: Real-Life Stories to Strengthen and Restore Your Faith.”

After he retires, Wagner said he plans to return to Holland, where he will continue his ministry through volunteer leadership roles, teaching and speaking.

Plans for the new senior pastor will be announced soon by the Church of the Dunes’ Staff Parish Relations Committee.

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