The Rev. Preston E. Wagner is Pastor Emeritus at Hope, having served as Mission Developer, Pastor and Senior Pastor from October 1, 1996 until his retirement on June 30, 2012. Pastor Wagner and wife Lana remain active members of Hope and live in Heritage, Wake Forest, and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Pastor Wagner provides occasional assistance with preaching, teaching and support to the pastoral staff. Pastor Wagner graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Education in 1968 and received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1972. He previously served as pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Freedom, PA; Holy Cross, Ashland, VA; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Asheville, NC; and on the staff of the Southeastern District, LCMS, Alexandria, Va. prior to coming to Wake Forest.