Three Prince Albert-born brothers or “Team Wagner Warriors” are walking away winners of a national game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
Joshua Wagner, 23, Jessie Wagner, 21, and Daniel Wagner, 19, won $140,000 Thursday night from the Game Show Network’s second season of “American Bible Challenge”.
Their father Kevin said all three boys were born at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, living in Birch Hills from 1991 to 1994 while he was worked as a pastor. “We had some great years there,” Kevin said, adding they still keep in touch with close friends.
“I remember one really neat thing was in 1989 the Riders one the Grey Cup of course, beating Hamilton, and I remember that happened when we were in Prince Albert and we had a huge party with all the youth groups from the church there.”
Following their stay in Prince Albert the family moved to Regina and eventually on Tulsa, Oklahoma where they now reside.
Kevin said seeing his sons on the show that receives two million viewers was exciting and a “big, big thrill”.
He wasn’t the only one to get a kick out seeing the boys on the television—Daniel also said the whole experience was fantastic.
“It was a blast, it was totally fun and very surreal. We’ve never been on TV like that before, so that was really exciting too,” Daniel said.
He explained he was probably the most nervous out of his brothers, but said they have been in front of large crowds before, so it made it a little easier.
As for the competition, he said it was tight, but managed to beat out 17 other teams thanks to a life-time of studying.
“We’ve been Christians all our lives and we’ve read the bible pretty much all our lives as well too, so quite honestly if we’re talking about preparation for how to compete on the game show it was kind of like we’ve been preparing for it all our lives without knowing it,” he said.
“The bible is such a huge topic it would be tough to cram things in.”
The Wagner brothers appeared in a total of three episodes; winning $20,000 in the first two and $100,000 in the final.
However, none of that money will be going to buying new cars or books—instead it’s going to their family’s ministry, Wagner International Ministries.
“We chose to give it to the ministry my dad founded about 13 years ago. It’s a ministry that goes overseas primarily to Africa, Asia and the Middle East and does mission work all over the world, so none the money goes to us,” he said
“This gives us an opportunity to go overseas, to set up [crusade] meetings and to tell people the love Jesus provides.”
He explained the majority of the money will be put towards one particular mission campaign, One Nation, One Day in Honduras.
“A large portion of it is going straight to Honduras, which is the One Nation, One Day campaign is taking place and that’s a really cool thing that’s happening in July and we’re teaming together with 17 other ministries and 2,000 missionaries from all over the world and going into the country for a week and bringing medical help, food distribution [and] ministering in high schools,” he said, adding he’ll be joining the group and between all the missionaries they’ll be able to visit every high school in the nation.
Jesse will also be attending the trip as the spearhead for their ministry, already spending time in Honduras to help prepare for the campaign.
“The smiles on their faces are just unmistakable,” he said about those the ministry helps in other countries.
For him, being able to compete with his brothers during the experience was really special, describing them as best friends.
“It was really exciting. The whole experience of being on the show was just really spectacular because it felt really surreal just to be filming it and knowing it would be on national television and then winning the first couple episodes were really fun, but the final was just really intense,” Jesse said.
The “American Bible Challenge” is produced by Relativity Television and has contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current pop culture and historical references, questions are drawn from the Bible.
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