American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) ministers as the caring heart, serving hands, going feet, and prophetic voice of Jesus Christ—establishing ministries of discipleship, community, and justice along with equipping and networking followers of Jesus to transform persons, congregations, neighborhoods, and cultures throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Therefore, because February is the month for the America for Christ Offering, we’re featuring a person involved with Home Missions.
Rev. Gary Wagner has served as President of Rainbow Acres since March of 1996. Under his leadership, it has grown into a “state of the art” residential facility and educational community serving adults with developmental disabilities. Rainbow Acres was founded in 1974 by Ralph Showers. It’s an American Baptist Churches USA-affiliated 50-acre ranch-style community in Camp Verde, Arizona. Anticipating the occasion of its 40th anniversary, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) gifted Rainbow Acres with $40,000 this past summer. Rainbow Acres offers holistic programs, vocational training, and enrichment programs for differently-abled adults. Nearly 100 adults, referred to as Ranchers, presently live at Rainbow Acres.
Gary has over 35 years’ experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising for higher education at Phillips University in Oklahoma, Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia, the American Baptist Assembly in Wisconsin, Bacone College in Oklahoma, the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, and Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School in New York.
Please pray for Gary and all of the “Ranchers” at Rainbow Acres. Thank you!