First Love began as a cry out of the hearts of Dave and Tina Wagner after their youngest son, Joel Jonathon Wagner graduated to Heaven at the age of three on February 15, 2008, after fighting a rare blood disease for most of his life. During Joel’s illness, they began to experience Jesus and the reality of His Kingdom in new ways. Jesus lovingly and sovereignly revealed Himself to them in mighty yet gentle ways.
Russ leads our Wednesday morning bible studies, is an avid studier of the Word of God and comes alongside to support Dave and Tina in life. He attended MorningStar University in North Carolina learning from great apostolic leaders like Rick Joyner. Russ is married to Lisa and they have 3 beautiful children; Josiah, Jada and Lucas.
Kit is our anointed worship leader. He loves gathering, encouraging, and raising up new worship teams. He and Doree have been married for 34 years. They have 3 married children out of 4, with a total of 6 grandchildren so far. Kit also makes sure our sound is top notch and the events are recorded. He takes care of adding your emails so you get notice of events!
Jay & Nancy have been married 24 years, we have four amazing children. Our oldest son is married, & we have three grandchildren. One of our most meaningful family memories will always be: Our family gathering together at the end of the day in our living room to talk, pray, and listen to one another. It is a time when we all connect and just be.
Jay has been in the military for 34 years. He enjoys hunting, playing softball, & basketball. He is known as the “scrabble champ” in our home. His favorite food is anything Asian.
Nancy enjoys hearing & sharing testimonies of God’s goodness, baking, & learning how to quilt. Her favorite foods are cake with whipped frosting, & ice -cream. “Jake’s Stadium Pizza” is close second. Nancy is a Licensed Minister, through “The River International”.
Our passion is to minister with our family, as a family. We love developing new relationships, & meeting new people. We are blessed & honored to oversee the SOZO – inner healing ministry, that is offered through First Love MN.
Luke has a passion and zeal for prayer as he leads Prayer for the River Valley Intercessors, an open group that meets every other Tuesday night. He is also in charge of the Selah bookstore in First Love and enjoys doing outreaches and loving on those who still need to meet Jesus.
Dianne and I (Dave) have been married almost 28 years and share 4 children. Two daughters are from my first marriage of 11 years. They have given us 5 awesome grandchildren who give us much joy. We have adopted 2 children, now young adults, from Haiti when they were infants. Dianne says that if 30 years ago some prophet had said to her “You will marry a divorced non-Catholic man and have two black children” she would have accused the person of being a false prophet.
Our passion is seeing healthy, godly, joy-filled relationships.
Dave enjoys golfing, bicycling, reading, and learning God stuff. He’s trying to learn to eat healthy and enjoys new recipes that look unhealthy. Dave never met a coffee shop he didn’t like.
Dianne loves sharing with a friend at a coffee shop, grandma day, going to conferences with Dave, and playing cards. Her favorite foods are appetizers and pecan pie.
Dave and Dianne are a great team. Dave is the broad sweep vision guy who says he would be lost without Dianne’s detailed administrative skills. Thus Dave is a counselor and Dianne is his office manager.
Heather graciously gives to First Love her willingness and expertise in keeping us organized, which is the toughest job! She chairs the leadership team meetings and updates the website, social media and sends out email notifications for all our events, making sure you stay informed. She does this in addition to her demanding career as a pediatric nurse at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Laura is the Founder of the women’s center called ‘The Well’ which is housed at First Love. The Well offers free pregnancy testing, and physical, financial, emotional and spiritual support for women in tough life situations.
If you are unsure who to contact, you can email general requests and we will route your question to the correct person.