Our Heritage

“You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it. You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts in on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:13-16

A Call for Change

Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, exhorts Christians to be salt and light in the world.[1] Inspired by His message, Professor William Wagner created Salt & Light Global (SLG) to proclaim God’s truth as relates to life, liberty, and good governance under the rule of law.

Prior to founding Salt & Light Global, Professor Wagner served with distinction in all three branches of the United States Government, including as a judge, Senate legal counsel, federal prosecutor, and American diplomat. During this public service, Professor Wagner increasingly observed a dark and broken culture, with serious emerging threats to life, liberty and good governance under the rule of law. Feeling an urgent calling to educate, he left public service, joined Academia, and, after some serious prayer, founded Salt & Light Global as a personal ministry. Here he continued to study and research the emerging threats to life, liberty and good governance. This research led Professor Wagner to write and publish a number of articles, books, and other publications.

Inspiring Others

The profound threats to life, liberty and good governance also led to Professor Wagner becoming a frequent speaker at global conferences and to SLG providing high level legal and policy assistance to Christian organizations throughout the United States and around the world. For example:

  1. As lead amicus counsel for a variety of matters before the United States Supreme Court, Professor Wagner authored briefs on behalf of various national Christian organizations.
  2. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament.
  3. He further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

A New Chapter Begins

In 2012, with the requests for education and assistance far exceeding his capacity to respond, Professor Wagner again turned to some serious prayer. Through this prayer, the Lord demonstrated that it was time to form a full-fledged non-profit organization. As a result, Professor Wagner enlisted the support of committed individuals to assist him in this project. Their collective efforts resulted in an exponential expansion of the ministry work being performed. Most recently, under the auspices of the SAU Foundation, Spring Arbor University dedicated the Wagner Faith & Freedom Center to promote freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. Christian people, called to contend for the faith, generously endowed the Center.  Through their generosity, we pray that future generations may provide salt and light in the culture, sharing the Good News of Jesus.

Be Salt & Light

With each passing day, more and more committed Christians, called by the Salt & Light vision, come together from all over the world to preserve an environment where the faithful can, without persecution, serve the needy, share the Gospel, and make disciples for Christ.  Will you join us?

Soli Deo Gloria.


[1] Matthew 5:13-16

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