Dr. Wesley L. Gerig (known as Dr. Wes) was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. He is the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Jared Gerig. He attended FWBC and graduated with a 4 year degree in Bible and Theology with a minor in Pastoral Ministries in just 3 years! During his college years as a student, he sang in the men’s choir, the a cappella Choir, played trumpet in the band, and was Senior class president, all while he worked in the mailroom of Lincoln Life. After graduation he married Mary Carolyn Steiner, g52. He received his M. Div. and M. Th. from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Ca. He has served in many churches as pastor, interim pastor, and has been guest speaker to countless events throughout his ministry. He and Mary Carolyn would return to Fort Wayne to raise their family while Dr. Wes would teach various Bible classes, theology, Greek, Hebrew, and other courses for 51 years at his Alma Mater beginning in 1957. Their children Jeanne (Tim) Johnson, John (Julie), Jeffrey (Jean) and Jared (Laura) all attended and graduated from FWBC except Jerry, who transferred to and graduated from TU.
While teaching a full load at the college, Dr. Wes also was pastor or interim pastor to numerous churches in the greater Fort Wayne area. Among the churches he served were Harvester Avenue Missionary Church, First Missionary Church, Fort Wayne, First Missionary Church, Berne, First Christian Church, Kendalville, Grace Community Church, Lima, OH, Grace Missionary Church, Celina, OH, and numerous shorter term pastoral positions in the area.
The 1962 yearbook is dedicated to Dr. Wes and sums up what so many of his former students feel about him. “… a man who has shown us by example that Christianity is not merely an ideology, but an everyday walk with God. His life has challenged us all to dedicate our lives to Christ, serving Him to the best of our ability. He never ceases to inspire each student who comes in personal contact with him.” Having taught every student that graduated and many that didn’t Dr. Wes has influenced countless lives. Dr. Wes had several yearbooks dedicated to him.
His desire was and has always been to honor the Lord and pass on Biblical truth to pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers. His favorite class to teach was Romans. That class was offered each semester and sometimes in the summer while FWBC/SCC, and then once a year as TUFW. It was certainly a class he was familiar with. When asked, “Why Romans?” He replied, “Romans is probably the most important doctrinal book and most fundamental to know and understand carefully.” Dr. Wes has been a faithful husband of 60 years to his beloved Mary Carolyn until her death in 2012. He has been a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is a cherished teacher, pastor and mentor. Dr. Wes has communicated Truth in the classroom and pulpit. He has exemplified Truth in his daily life as husband, father, teacher, and pastor. Lives have been challenged, changed, and cultivated for Christ because of the ministry of Dr. Wes Gerig. (3 c’s just for Dr. Wes!)
1948-1951 Student at FWBC
1951 Graduated with 4 year degree in 3 years
1954 M. Div. Fuller Theological Seminary
1954-2010 Various Interim pastorates and Pulpit Supply ministry
1956 M. Th. Fuller Theological Seminary
1957-2008 Professor at FWBC-SCC-TUFW
1965 Ph.D. in Religion (major) and Classical Greek (minor)
1973-present various professional writing contributions and books
NIV translator of Hebrews and Mark
Contributor of Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of Bible 6 books: Minute Meditations; The Rapture and the Revelation Separate or Simultaneous?; Lessons From life for Life from the Old Testament; Romans; The Core of Christian Love: Love as an Action; and What you believe and why
1981 Honorary membership in DELTA EPSILON CHI
2008 Retired from TUFW