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Pastor Charles Wages

Pastor Emeritus

Charles Wages

1966 to 2002

Brother Charles Wages started coming to this church in 1936 when he was a teen-ager. He was led to come because of his future wife, Beverly. In 1937 he accepted the Lord as Saviour and became a Christian. In 1939 the Lord called and ordained him into the ministry. When he shared this with his pastor, Brother Sidebottom asked him to assist in the work at the church.

During these first years, Brother Wages and his wife, Beverly, did a little of everything around the church. Brother Wages served as treasurer for a time, as Sunday School superintendent, youth director, song leader when needed, Sunday School teacher, and filled the pulpit when Brother Ike was away. He also helped Brother Ike in outside Bible classes and meetings. It was during these years that he started writing messages for the Timely Messenger and helping in the publishing. Beverly taught children's classes and the Ladies Bible Class. She also helped in the office and in the publication of the Timely Messenger.

On August 23, 1943, Brother Sidebottom and the men of the congregation ordained Brother Wages, for legal purposes, as a minister of the gospel. Brother Wages served as Assistant Pastor with Brother Sidebottom for a number of years.

In 1945, he began a ministry in Denton County. He did radio work for 21 years, pastored a church, and taught Bible classes in most of the cities and communities of north Texas. He furthered his education with degrees in Psychology and Public School Administration from Texas Wesleyan College, and also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. For the next 20 years, Brother Wages stayed in contact and worked with Brother Sidebottom and the congregation of College Avenue Church in Bible conferences, camps, and joint meetings.

In 1965, because of failing health, Brother Sidebottom resigned as Pastor of the church. Brother Wages was asked to replace him, and in the first part of 1966, he became Pastor of the church, a position he held for the next 37 years.

While serving as Pastor, Brother Wages also worked in the school business as a teacher, counselor, high school principal and superintendent, serving for the last ten years as superintendent of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district. In 1978, Brother Wages retired from the school business to devote full time to the church.

In 1979, after celebrating our 50th anniversary as a church, it was decided that a move to a new location was needed. Land was purchased and our present building was built during 1979-1980. On November 22, 1980, we had our first service in the new building; a Thanksgiving dinner and service. The following day, we held our first Sunday School and worship services in the new building.

Throughout Brother Wages' years as Pastor of this church, he continued the faithful ministry begun by Brother Ike T. Sidebottom, serving as Editor of the Timely Messenger, directing camps, conferences, and VBS, and teaching and preaching here at this place of worship, leading many people to a better understanding of God's Word, "rightly divided." Like Brother Sidebottom, he also helped many young men in preparation for the ministry, including Ken Farmen, who served for 4 years as Assistant Pastor under Brother Wages, and Gregg Bing, who served with him for 13 years as Associate Pastor.

Charles and Beverly Wages

In August of 2002, Brother Wages announced that he was stepping down at the end of the year from the full-time responsibility of being Pastor of this work. In December of 2002 he gave his final series of messages as Pastor, focusing on "Our Wonderful Lord." Beverly Wages, who served as Secretary of the church all the years that Brother Wages was Pastor, also stepped down from her position. Yet, they are not "retired" from the work of the Lord. They continue to be involved in the ministry of God's Word.

We thank the Lord for the faithful ministry of these two dear friends and our fellowship with them over these many years, especially their years here at Grace Bible Church. May God continue to bless them and use them for His glory for many years to come.