Wagih was appointed by Missions Door in 2017 serving in Specialized Ministry. He began ministry as an Egyptian pastor and currently provides leadership at First Baptist Church in Golden, Colorado, as the Director of Middle Eastern Connections. He desires to love and serve people individually as a pastor and also contribute and participate with a team. In addition to his ministry at First Baptist Church, he offers counsel and mentorship to the senior pastor at Pyramids Baptist Church, a church he planted in Giza, Egypt, and is a volunteer pastoral assistant at the Arabic Bible Church of Denver. Wagih has taught at the Middle East Baptist Seminary in Alexandria, Egypt and was co-founder of the Middle East Baptist College in Cairo in 2013.
When Wagih was just five years old, his father passed away. Wagih hated God for taking his father and leaving him and his mother alone. As a teenager, nothing was fulfilling in his life. But in December of 1979, the Lord intervened and Wagih met Christ. He became a follower of Jesus and his life was transformed. At the time, he was the store manager for a Wendy’s restaurant in Saudi Arabia. One day, God brought missionaries from Missouri, named Bob and Karen Mathews, into his store. Bob began to disciple Wagih and later baptized him in the Red Sea. Shortly after his baptism, he left his job to serve the Lord full-time. He served with Campus Crusade for Christ in Egypt, where God used him to bring a group of people to Christ. These new believers needed a place to worship so Wagih planted and pastored Pyramids Baptist Church, despite obstacles from secret police interference. And by God’s amazing grace, not only did they have grace in the eyes of the secret police, but they have positively impacted both the Muslim and Christian communities.
Wagih and Lois were married in 1985 and have two grown and married children who have blessed them with grandchildren.
- Doctorate of Education, Arab American Theological Association
- Master of Divinity, Georgia Baptist College
- Bachelor of Theology, Cairo Evangelical Theological Seminary
- Christian Counseling Diploma, Cairo Evangelical Church Synod Counseling Center
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Colorado, United States