Dexter Yager: The World’s Greatest Networker!

View of high rise buildings and the sky from below

Dexter Yager died on January 6, 2019. He was 79 years old. Some of you have emailed, asking me to write about Dex but his passing hit me pretty hard and it is difficult to capture his extraordinary life in a few words.

Dexter was the world’s greatest networker and one of its greatest dreamers. He was also one of the greatest Christian evangelists of his generation, and that includes Billy Graham.

From humble beginnings to friendships with presidents, Dexter never forgot his roots and always looked for others he could help inspire to follow him up the ladder of success. His greatest joy was in reliving his own success through someone else who had turned their life around.

It was my privilege to write many of his books, including his first, “Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dream.” And to see the beginnings of his massive worldwide “tape business.” At the time, it all took place on a pool table in the basement of his Charlotte, North Carolina home. There, his daughter, April, was tasked with running copies on a cheap Wollensak duplicator with a couple of additional slaves. It would soon become a multi-million dollars business.

Dexter loved seeing his own story repeated in others and would spend endless hours coaching and encouraging anyone who was willing to follow his advice. This led to coliseums full of thousands of people. On any given weekend, many of the largest hotel ballrooms in America would be filled with Dexter’s “distributors.” And soon the world. It’s very possible that Dexter Yager helped produce more millionaires than any other person alive.

Dexter, and his wife, Birdie Yager, were devout Christians and used their large Stadium-coliseum events to share their faith. Yager “altar calls” ran into the hundreds of thousands. At first this was criticized and met with resistance but soon it became a staple of international events that filled the largest venues in the world. After trial and error, other large American motivational events followed suit, bringing on a religious chaplain as part of their regular weekend program.

At one time, I had a contract with Bantam Books to write his story. This led to long interviews with Dexter, with him reliving his remarkable story.

I will read through these pages and find some great “Dexter stories” and share them in the months to come.

“Good bye Dexter Yager. You are admired and loved by so many of us whose lives you touched for the better. You will never be forgotten.”

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Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

4 thoughts on “Dexter Yager: The World’s Greatest Networker!

  1. Thank you Doug for those brief and gracious comments.You are right to send out his life. A few stories at a time.Too many themes for one story.Blessings from the Carew Crew.

  2. I immediately recognized the name Dexter Yager from the book “Becoming Rich” (written with Doug Wead) that I bought at the TBI bookstore probably not long after it was published. I still have it on my shelf.

    Besides being a pretty avid book collector, I got it because was fascinated by the book’s theme. During the early 1980s when I was going to Trinity, there was an ongoing issue about the “prosperity gospel,” which at that time and in that place was mostly associated with the “positive confession” or “Word of faith” movement. Some of my fellow students were quite taken with the teachings and tapes of Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin (or “Cope’nHagin” as they were sometimes called). Other students were vocally opposed and arguments over the issue were not uncommon. Sometimes the name of Paul Davidson, one of the Bible teachers, would be associated with the “anti-prosperity” side of the argument. President Wead had so many close friends and associates on all sides of just about all issues that he was of course very diplomatic, much more so than Brother Davidson.

    I remember that some of the students criticized President Wead because they thought that he was driving a car (I think a Cadillac) that was excessively expensive. Somehow word got up to the President that this was going around and right in chapel one day he addressed the issue, saying “I paid less for that car than you paid for your Volkswagen.” That stuck in my mind. Considering what a good wheeler dealer he was, I never doubted that this was true.

    When I read “becoming rich” it struck me though as coming from a significantly different perspective than what I understood Copeland and Hagiun to be saying. I’d been raised with more or less of a “we’ll always be among the poor” type of mentality, and the book made me rethink that to a great extent. I remember taking the book home to my parent’s house in Colorado (along with a few dozen others I’d bought at the TBC bookstore, back in the days when Christian stores still sold books), and showing it to my mother. She did not think much of it when she saw it but she read it and changed her mind.

    I thought of the book again many years later when the West Michigan school where I taught had Rich DeVos as a graduation speaker. As the yearbook advisor, I got to actually tell him where to stand when I took his photograph! That was kind of neat, getting to tell this person where to stand! I thought he was a very kind and personable and humble man.

    It is sad to hear that Dexter has gone on to his reward, but I am glad that he is remembered. That’s so important. I hope you keep writing on stuff like this, even though the audience may be small. This is history that needs to be written down

    Thanks for all your good work, & God Bless.

    Ken Smith
    President, Ellendale Historical Society & Ellendale Area Arts Council
    kelandsmith@gmail.com

  3. Doug you are right Dexter was a major influence in my life and because of you and Dexter hundreds of home owners that are touched by my PANA members are kept complete after major disasters all through America. Dexter you are missed but your words that I know come from the Holy Spirit will live on.

    Mark Emory Houser

  4. I saw him speak once. I was in the Theron Nelson line … also saw Norman Vincent Peale, Bill Britt … even think I saw John McCain speak about being a POW #amazing

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