OWASSO - As brothers, Jesse, Josh and Daniel Wagner have been through a lot together. As kids, they moved from Canada to Owasso together and traveled with their family's ministry together. Josh is now a junior at Oral Roberts University. Jesse is a freshman and Daniel will join his older brothers in the fall.
Recently, the three boys competed together on the Game Show Network's The American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
The Wagners first heard about the show through their church. When the auditions landed in Dallas, the family decided to give it a try. A video interview and a couple of tests later, the three brothers were among 18 teams cast on the show's second season.
Josh, Jesse and Daniel were all flown out to Hollywood for a week to film the show.
“It was an amazing experience,” Josh said. “It was so much fun to be apart of something that is going to be broadcast all over the states.”
The American Bible Challenge selects 18 teams of three, and each player is tested on their Bible knowledge. The show features three teams playing for the chance to be one of two teams to make it to the final show. Teams with the lowest amount of points on each show are kicked off.
“It's a really high intensity game,” Jesse said.
The Wagner brothers admitted they felt prepared coming into the competition.
“Growing up we were involved in Bible Quiz and competed all throughout high school,” Jesse said. “Already going into this we had memorized 10 different books of the Bible, so we thought our Biblical knowledge was really good, but we definitely had to refresh up a lot.”
Unlike most game shows, the contestants on The American Bible Challenge are not competing for a cash prize or an all-expense paid trip; they play to benefit a non-profit organization.
“Teams are not competing for their own selves,” Josh said. “They are actually representing a charity or a ministry of their choice. So all the proceeds you win on the show go to the charity that you are playing for. That is something we love being a part of.”
The brothers played for Wagner Ministries International, which was founded by their father about 15 years ago.
"It was really an awesome experience for us to be able to compete as a team of brothers," Josh said. "We grew up as best friends and we were able to compete nation with Bible Quiz, so that gave us an introduction to what is was like to compete together as a team."
The Wagner brothers will air on American Bible Challenge May 2 on the Game Show Network.
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