John Wegner Football Player, And Man Who Loved God!

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In Loving Memory Of John Wegner, born on August 26, 1944, he was a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many before his passing and now resides in heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Since December 16, 2017, John’s spirit continues to shine bright among those of us who had the privilege of knowing him. It was at Eastbrook Church where John truly ignited his passion for serving God. He wholeheartedly embraced his faith and became an integral part of the Heartfire Ministry, devoting himself to spreading love and compassion to others. Always ready to lend an ear or offer a heartfelt prayer, John selflessly served on the church’s prayer team and actively participated in various ministry gatherings. Before dedicating his life to God’s work, John embarked on an impressive career as a professional football player. John tried out for the Dallas Cowboys in 1966, he showcased not only athletic prowess but also unwavering determination – qualities that defined him both on and off the field.

John personified Vince Lombardi’s wise words when he said that “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Throughout his journey, John displayed exceptional character marked by resilience and kindness. Despite facing challenges or adversity along the way like anyone else would encounter throughout life’s rollercoaster ride – nothing seemed insurmountable for him because he approached every situation with grace and courage. ~ Bill Greguska


1 Corinthians 16:13  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.




John Wegner Was On The Dallas Cowboy Roster In 1966! 


John Wegner, My Good Friend, And Brother In Christ!

John Wegner Very Active In Prayer Ministry!

John Wegner, in this photo, is doing another Milwaukee outreach day with other Christian men!

Anyone who knows John Wegner will say he is a brilliant man who loves the Lord Jesus. He grew up, became an outstanding football player in Wisconsin, football player in Wisconsin and excelled at baseball. Then, later on in life, he tried out for the squad of the Dallas Cowboys in 1966. John is a good man who has established himself as a great athlete in football and baseball. I must say that John’s athletic accomplishments pale compared to his relationship with Jesus Christ! 

Our friend John was very active in ministry in the Milwaukee area for many years with March For Jesus. He also has been busy the last few years at Heartfire ministry. He lives a quiet life dealing with ill health, yet he gets his strength and comfort from Jesus Christ. John Wegner gave up drugs and alcohol at 36 and lived his last 37 years for the Lord. God answered a three-part prayer for help, hope, and deliverance for John Wegner. Once an outstanding football player, John tried out for the Dallas Cowboys and made the roster. John influenced my life and the lives of many others. I am glad John Wegner and I have been privileged to be friends with John for many years. John has had many close friends in ministry, such as Brian Larson, Mark Mallwitz, myself, etc., ~ Bill Greguska.

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John Wegner Very Active In Prayer Ministry!

After his football days had been over, John had later embraced a bar owner and operator’s lifestyle and allowed alcohol to lead him where he did not want to be.

But Go answered a three-part prayer for help, hope, and deliverance for my friend, John Wegner.

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling but in rising again after you fall. ~ Vince Lombardi

1 Timothy 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.


The Lord Can Change The Heart Of Anyone Of Us!

God changed John’s heart, and then John was set on John always said, "I am doing better than I deserve"fire to share the love of the Lord through prayer, Bible study, and ministries in the Milwaukee area for many years. Once, John Wegner was an owner of a bar who turned his life over to Jesus Christ through God’s love and mercy. John made a significant turnabout after an A.A. meeting where John was soliciting new customers for his bar. A dramatic revelation of the Holy Spirit during a mob party reminded John of answered prayer. “If anyone thinks the Lord doesn’t hear the prayers of a sinner, I can assure them He heard mine.”  

John has been a member of Eastbrook Church for over 20 years and has built strong friendships with others at the church, such as former head Pastor Marc Erickson. Since that day, John Wegner has served as the small group coordinator, prayer team leader, and usher at Eastbrook, his church home.  John is Heart-Fire Ministries’ Prayer and Discipleship Coordinator and a community leader in Milwaukee. John Wagner has had many interests, such as baseball, football, drinking, and many other things he focused on in his life. Still, his primary interest for many years has been Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior! Up until the day he died.


Some Comments From John Wegner:

Some Comments From John Wegner and photo of his former Pastor Mark Erickson!

Former Head Pastor Marc Erickson of Eastbrook Church Milwaukee, WI, is close friends with John Wegner!

Years before I gave my life to Jesus, I was a bar owner. At the bar, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm every afternoon was designated as “Happy Hour” when all drinks were two for one price. The intent was apparent and caused multiple problems — car accidents, marriage breakups, arguments, etc.

The presence of evil was abundant. Lying, confusion,  distortions of the truth, expression of selfishness, exaggerated pride, and death. It was easy to witness what our attitudes should not be. Bolstered by alcohol (spirits), the worst of human behavior was usually on display. “Attitude Adjustment Hour” made much money and destroyed many lives in the process. The attitude of sin and death is transformed (swallowed up) into an abundant life found in Jesus Christ. John has served at Heart Fire Ministry as a Prayer & Discipleship Coordinator for ten years.

2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.”

~ (John Wegner wrote this article himself)



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  7. Bill Greguska

  8. Brian Larson

  9. John Wegner

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  11. Lora Kesselhon

  12. Mike Hayden

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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

Philippians 4:13 ESV 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Galatians 5:16 ESV 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

James 4:17 ESV 

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him, it is sin.

Romans 8:28 ESV 

And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Matthew 25:46 ESV 

And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 5:48 ESV 

You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

1 John 5:17 ESV 

All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

1 John 3:4 ESV 

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

James 1:27 ESV 

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 5:14 ESV

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Ephesians 1:3 ESV 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.


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