8, 2010 - "The Celebration of a Worshipper"
Concert headlined by Grammy-Award-winning Artists Marvin Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, BeBe and CeCe Winans,
Tye Tribett, Vicki Winans, Marvin Sapp, Jonathan Nelson, Anthony Williams and many others.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - "The
Celebration of a Shepherd & Statesman"
L. Wagner will Lie in Repose at the Church (Calvary Ministries International, 1812 Oak Hill Ave. Youngstown, OH) from 11:00
AM until 5:00 PM. At 7:00 PM that same evening, there will be a Memorial Service held at the Covelli Center (formerly
called the Chevrolet Center / Youngstown Convocation Center), 229 E. Front Street, (downtown) Youngstown 44503.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - "The
Celebration of a King Among Princes"
Bishop Wagner’sFinal Home-Going Celebration will also take place at the Covelli Center (formerly called the Chevrolet Center / Youngstown
Convocation Center). The day will begin with a viewing from 9am-11am. The Funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. Bishop T.
D. Jakes, (Potter’s House, Dallas TX) and Bishop Charles Ellis (Greater Grace Apostolic Church, Detroit, MI) will be
Officiating the service. Bishop Horace Smith, current Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) will
perform the Eulogy. Interment immediately following; Green Haven Memorial Gardens, 3495 S. Canfield-Niles Rd., Canfield, OH
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Bishop Norman L. Wagner, Pentecostal
He was described as
a visionary and was committed to service.
YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop
Norman L. Wagner, longtime pastor of Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church on Oak Hill Avenue and past leader of the Pentecostal
Assemblies of the World, died Saturday. He was 68.
The Youngstown native
graduated from South High School and Youngstown State University before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees
in theology from Aenon Bible College in Columbus and Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis. He was installed as pastor of
Mount Calvary in June 1971 and went on to author several books and establish a senior citizens complex, Calvary Christian
Academy, and a television and gospel choir ministry, which brought him national recognition.
When Calvary Christian
Academy closed in 2001, Wagner led the opening of a charter school, Legacy Academy for Leaders and Arts that year and still
served as chairman of that school.
He was a guest at the
White House on several occasions, including a 1982 luncheon at which President Ronald Reagan recognized 100 “Outstanding
Black Clergymen in America.”
In 1976, The Vindicator
named him one of the 10 most progressive pastors in the city.
He leaves his wife,
Dr. Rita Helen; two daughters and a granddaughter.
Mayor Jay Williams,
who attends Mount Calvary, said Bishop Wagner was charismatic, committed and a man of intelligence and integrity. He was committed
in his service to God and serving others, and you couldn’t know him without coming away with a desire to serve others,
the mayor said.
Wagner was known across
this country and the world, yet he was a humble man committed to his ministry and his mission to serve, Williams said. His
loss “is indeed incalculable” to his church and the community, Williams said. He added that he and his wife, Sonja,
who also attends Mount Calvary, are “eternally thankful for the indelible impact that Bishop Wagner had on our lives.
We will seek to honor his family and his legacy through our work serving others.”
Jason Whitehead, the
mayor’s chief of staff and an assistant pastor at Mount Calvary, described Wagner as a “visionary” and “an
exceptional religious leader of his time.”
Wagner was bishop of
the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World’s 13th Episcopal district, which is the state of Texas, Whitehead said. As a
national evangelist, he was much sought after as a preacher and teacher in Pentecostal apostolic circles, he said.
He had also served as
a bishop in Europe for Assemblies, with his diocese being the European Council of Nations, Whitehead said.
His death is “a
tremendous loss to the ministry,” Whitehead said, noting that impact will reach far into the community as well. Wagner
was perhaps one of the best known ministers of any color in this area, he said.
as pastor to his church would have reached 39 years in March. He grew up in Mount Calvary, Whitehead said, explaining that
his mother had been a charter member of the church.