International Directors for Europe, Africa & Middle East
Pastor John Grunewald and his wife, Michelle, are both 1980 graduates of Rhema Bible Training Center (RBTC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. This is where they met and married in October of 1980.
There they worked in several ministries in different capacities for a number of years. In 1989 they moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, USA and pastored a church for 4 years.
In 1993 they started a bible school in Heidelberg. Between 1993 and 1999 they traveled, ministered in the bible school and in other European countries. In 1999 the decision was made to make Bonn the headquarters for Rhema Germany and later also for Rhema Europe. This was also the year when Rhema Bible Church and RBTC were started in Germany.
John and Michelle have three children.
Director RBTC Europe & RBTC Germany
Monika Wagner was born and raised in Germany, where she grew up in a Lutheran church. At the age of six, she was born again and received the baptism in the Holy Spirit at the age of 12.
Monika worked in different areas of ministry (youth, evangelism, helps) for several years before moving to Tulsa in 1992 to attend RBTC from which she graduated in May 1994.
After graduation she returned to Germany, where she assisted in the pioneering work of a church. She helped in various capacities, like evangelism, teaching and preaching the Word, set up of helps ministry and administration. During those years she traveled and ministered the Word in different churches in Germany and other countries.
In the beginning of 2000 she moved to Bonn to help John and Michelle Grunewald establish Rhema Germany. In 2008 Monika became the Director of RBTC Germany and shortly thereafter she was also named the Regional Director of the European RBTCs.