Joy Bible Institute is sorry to announce that former Assemblies of God missionary to Vanuatu, Rev. Wayne Guge, has passed away.
Wayne Guge, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and pastor passed peacefully from this life to his eternal reward on May 7, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.
Wayne Charles Guge was born in Seattle, Washington on March 6, 1937 to Martin and Harda Guge. He spent his childhood years in northwest Iowa on his parents’ vegetable farm. He and his sister would sell vegetables from their wagon around town. The family later returned to Seattle where Wayne spent his teenage years.
In Wayne’s own words, “I was blessed to have been born in a Christian home and to have accepted Christ at the age of five. My first real memory is of going to the altar in a small town church in northwest Iowa. As a teen I had a very deep experience in prayer with the Holy Spirit. From this experience I felt God’s call on my life into ministry, specifically missions.” Wayne graduated from Seattle Bible College in 1960. He earned additional credits from Northwest College (University) of the Assemblies of God in Kirkland, Washington and from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, having received his ministerial ordination in 1967. He met and courted Dora Jean Comnick during his time in college. They married in 1960 and enjoyed sixty-one years as husband and wife.
He served as a youth minister in Kenmore before pioneering a church in Issaquah, Washington in 1964, Issaquah Assembly of God, now known as Eastridge Church. Later they also led churches in Lynnwood and Gleed (Yakima). During his college and early ministry years he also worked in construction learning valuable skills he would later use on the mission field. In 1974 Wayne and Jean were able to fulfill their calling to missions where they accepted an appointment to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia. They established the Marshall Island School of Theology (MIST). In 1979 they moved to the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu, where they completed the building of Joy Bible Institute. He saw the first graduation of students who would return to their islands to preach the gospel. On both fields Wayne used the carpentry skills he had learned to teach and work together with the local population to build the schools.
In 1985 they began missions work in Pohnpei, before Wayne’s health forced him to return stateside. Not willing to allow his health to keep him down, he served consecutively as the pastor for Lincoln City Assembly in Oregon and then Copalis Crossing Assembly, Copalis Crossing, Washington, before pioneering one last church in Ocean Shores, Washington: Shores Fellowship Assembly of God. In between his later stateside ministries, Wayne and Jean started Googies Ice Cream and Candy in Ocean Shores, Washington, which became a must-stop landmark for Ocean Shores tourists for five years. Wayne made the ice cream and fudge from “scratch”. This fulfilled a dream of the family to own an ice cream store called “Googies”. The store continues to run under the name “Murphy’s Ice Cream and Candy”. The store has been in continuous operation for twenty-six years.
Wayne Guge was a dedicated minister, but he was also a man who loved to work with his hands. In addition to building several churches and Bible schools, Wayne also built or remodeled homes for his wife and family. He passed on from the home in Ocean Shores that he had continuously remodeled over twenty years from a small bungalow into a large and beautiful home for his beloved wife. Of course, being who he was, it was always in at least some state of remodel.
Wayne is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Dora Jean, two children, Phillip Guge (w. Donia) of Hoquiam, and Julia Decker (h. Butch) of Ocean Shores. He was blessed with six grandchildren: Kathryn, Joshua, Ryan, Ben,(w. Ashley), Isaac, Portia as well as two sisters: MaryAnn Johnson (h. Jim) of Boise, Idaho and Sharon Williams of Eagle Point, Oregon, and many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law.
Joy Bible Institute expresses their thankfulness for the ministry of Wayne and Jean Guge. May the God of all comfort be with the family and loved ones.
ESV 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 — But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.