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Rev. David “Dave” Bracht-Wagner

Senior Pastor

At First United Methodist Church, we strive to make a difference in someone’s life every day. That difference can be a little thing like offering a smile or holding open a door or it could be a big thing like helping them know the love of God and the salvation that comes from having Jesus Christ as their savior. I, along with the members of First UMC, try to be authentic: What you see, is what you get. We are a group of sinners that God is using to make saints.

My wife and I were married in 1999 and we are both United Methodist pastors. We met in seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Our family consists of our 3 children: Sarah, Christian, and Malachi; and our black lab, Echo. I enjoy time with my family, riding bicycles, and hunting.

My favorite Bible verses are Joshua 1:9 “Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.” and John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” It is the shortest verse in the Bible, but it is so, so powerful in expressing the love of God toward us, for us, with us.

I love to sing hymns and I enjoy learning and sharing the stories behind them.
If I have to pick one, “The Anniversary Day of One’s Conversion” comes to mind. Written by Charles Wesley it had 21 verses, 18 are printed on page 58 of the United Methodist Hymnal and 7 of those verses are used for the hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”.