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Dr. Wayne Jay Gerber, 95, died 11:38 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2023, at Raclin House Center for Hospice, Mishawaka. He was born November 23, 1927, in Morton, Illinois, to Otto & Fannie (Staker) Gerber and grew up in central Illinois. On August 7, 1948, in Wakarusa, he married Willowdean A. (High) Gerber and she died August 27, 2009. In 2016, he married Sharon (Cooke) Snyder-Gerber.
Surviving are his wife, Sharon, Mishawaka, 3 children, James “Jim” (Bonnie) Gerber, Mishawaka, Dan (Karen) Gerber, Darby, Montana, Hope (Charles) Wynegar, South Bend, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and a brother-in-law, Thomas Lehman, Kendallville.
Preceding him in death are his parents, 1st wife, Willowdean, grandson, Christopher Gerber, 1 brother and 7 sisters.
Wayne was educated at Bethel College, B.A.; Goshen Biblical Seminary, B.D., M.R.E.; the University of Michigan, Ph.D., and Bethel University, L.H.D. (Honorary). He was an ordained Minister in the Missionary Church, 20 years of pastoral ministry (16 of them while teaching at Bethel College).
He served for 56 years as Professor and Administrator at Bethel College (Registrar, 2 yrs.; Academic Dean, 19 yrs. Professor of Bible and Greek, 8 years, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies, and 9 yrs.; Dean Emeritus, since 1998).
While academic leader at Bethel the following occurred: North Central Accreditation in 1971; accredited at Master’s level in 1981, development of Master’s Degrees in Ministry, Business Administration, and Counseling; development of Adult Studies with Majors in Bible and Ministry, Business, Masters of Education, Human Services, Liberal Studies, Organizational Management, and Writing, development of cooperative program in Engineering with Notre Dame; development of first study abroad programs at Bethel; establishment of special relationships with Jamaica Theological Seminary and Jerusalem University College.
Wayne co-founded the Missionary Church Historical Society and was President until 2018; Chair of the Trustee Board of the Missionary Church Archives and Historical Collections since its establishment. Served on the denominational Publications Board, Church Planting Committee, and Christian Education Committee; served as Conference historian and as Conference Parliamentarian for many years.
His international involvement included travel in 27 countries outside the US.—twice to Israel—6 times to Africa in short term mission work teaching disciple-making, and once to India for the same purpose Wayne taught one semester at Jamaica Theological Seminary. He taught and coached many international pastors, church leaders, and missionaries at Keystone, South Dakota.
Wayne was semi-retired and served on various boards and committees, and taught Sunday School class at Beulah Missionary Church, of which he was a member. He also served as a volunteer Chaplain at Hubbard Hill up to the time of his passing. His interests were gardening, reading, travel, church history and disciple making.
Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2023 and a memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2023, all at Beulah Missionary Church, 57595 Old CR 17, Goshen, Indiana 46528. Burial will be at Olive (West) Cemetery. Pastor Kelley Sewell will officiate. Memorial donations may be directed to Bethel University or World Partners.
Rieth Rohrer Ehret Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com
Posted online on June 20, 2023
Published in South Bend Tribune

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