Highlights of Service
- Began teaching at Fort Wayne Bible College
- Ph.D. in Religion
- Decades of contributions including the NIV translation to the Bible and many others
- Retired from teaching at Taylor University Fort Wayne
Dr. Wesley L. Gerig g51 taught at Fort Wayne Bible College beginning in 1957 and completed his full-time teaching career at Taylor University Fort Wayne (same campus and office but different name) in 2008, one of the longest records for teaching at the college. Because he taught required Bible and theology courses, every student came in contact with him. He grew up with the college being so close to home since his father was Dean. His frequent visits to campus in his boyhood years included attending numerous campus events. His long tenure as a teacher makes him perhaps the most well-known, recognizable person ever associated with the college. His passion for God and the teaching of His Word drove Dr. Wes to accept nothing but the best in his students.
Dr. Wes also guided the Bible Department and later the Bible Division in curricular matters serving various positions including acting Academic Dean, chair of the Bible Department and chair of the Biblical Studies Division in the 1980s.
Beyond the campus, he was involved with the New International Version translation as a translator, and a contributor to Zondervan's Pictorial Encyclopedia of Bible, and numerous articles for periodicals.
His wife, Mary Carolyn, of 61 years, passed away in February, 2012. His family-brother, children and grandchildren form a tight bond of faithfulness in serving the Lord. Dr. Wes' most recent ministry has been through books that he has authored, growing out of his classroom and pulpit ministry.