My name is Jamen Wikler. Though I did not plant Legacy Baptist Church, which was started by a godly family in June of 2010, I do have the privilege of being the first pastor of the church. I began my ministry in August of 2011, a full 14 months after services began. I have a double bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Computer Science: Software Engineering, after which I went to seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree in preparation for full-time ministry.
You can see from the pictures that I have been blessed with a family. My wife's name is Sarah, who condescended to marry me in May of 2008. On November 28, 2011, the Lord blessed my wife and I with twin daughters, whom we named Charis and Alathea. Their names are as special as they are. Charis is the English rendition of the Greek word for grace, and Alathea is the English rendition of the Greek word for truth. Thus their names mean "grace" and "truth", reflecting the significance of the ministry of Jesus Christ as taught in John 1:14, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." and John 1:17, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ". Our daughters have become a constant reminder of what mankind has received through Christ. Our first son was born on May 26, 2014, whom we named Benjamen. In the Hebrew, the prefix "Ben" means "son of". Benjamen's name literally means "son of Jamen", which so happens to be my name! His name reminds me of my responsibility to him, and also tickles me every time I think about it. On October 23, 2016 the Lord blessed us with another little girl. Hoping that their names will reflect a bit of their personalities, we named her Erinae, which is a generously modified rendition of the Greek word for peace. We certainly pray she lives up to her namesake. On July 1, 2018 God gave Benjamen a brother, named Jedidiah. This was the name that God gave to the young Solomon, who was born of David and Bathsheba following the death of their child conceived in adultery. The name means "Beloved of the LORD". Whereas all of his siblings have dark brown hair and eyes, Jedidiah has bright blue eyes and light hair. He fits right in here in Minnesota. On April 11, 2020 God gave us another little girl. We named her Elleia, which is the Greek word for mercy. Born on the Saturday prior to Resurrection Sunday, we were reminded of the mercy of God in sending His son, and the joy of life eternal.
My wife and I are a couple whose convictions have been grown steadily through personal study, meditation, and prayer. We have a strong burden for Christian discipleship at a time when shallow teaching and worldly compromise have destroyed the Biblical foundations of Christians of all ages. By God's grace, Legacy Baptist Church will be an oasis for strong Biblical teaching and uncompromised Biblical truth for years to come. I am an expositional preacher who believes in preaching the whole counsel of God: literally, historically, contextually, and grammatically. I invite you to come visit us, hear our burdens and see our vision first-hand.
I was saved at a child at the age of 5. It was at the age of 13 when I first felt the "tug" of the Holy Spirit into full-time ministry, yet I spent my teen years frivolously and selfishly, instead of giving God the strength of my youth. I was a young man who wanted to serve God and do what was right, but I wasn't willing to give God everything. I had areas of my life that I simply refused to yield to God. It was not until the Fall semester of my Sophomore year in College that I finally gave God my entire life. After this personal decision God began a great work in my heart. In the Spring of that year I yielded to God's call upon my life for full-time ministry. Following the completion of my undergraduate majors I went on to get my Master of Divinity in preparation for my call to the Pastorate. I thank God for all that He has done in my life, and earnestly desire that at the end of my days I might look upon my ministry and echo the words of the Apostle Paul: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7).