Who We Are

Anna Blaedel, Executive Director and Campus Minister

Rev. Anna Blaedel, Executive Director and Campus Minister

After graduating from the University of Iowa with a BA in Religious Studies, Anna moved to the San Francisco Bay Area's Graduate Theological Union to pursue theological education and pursue a Master's in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. She has worked as a pastor, hospital chaplain, campus minister, and chef at a parantha stand. She's currently enrolled in a PhD program in Theological and Philosophical Studies at Drew University's Graduate Division on Religion, but returned to Iowa City after living in Brooklyn, NY in order to work with students at the Wesley Center. Anna believes that how we live our lives matters more than what we say we believe, and that spiritual practices have a vital role to play in shaping and sustaining movements of justice, compassion, and liberation. The prophet Micah's call grounds Anna's faith: seek justice, practice kindness, walk humbly. Anna is passionate about inter- and multi-faith engagement, social justice and anti-oppression work, and engaged spiritual formation. Anna is an ordained United Methodist clergyperson who drinks strong coffee and eats dark chocolate (fair trade, please) and would usually rather be outside on a bicycle. Anna is currently trying to spend more time with poetry and less time with screens, and believes in the spiritual wisdom of Slow, Simple, and Sustainable. anna-blaedel@uiowa.edu

Allyn Glenn-Burns, Associate Director of Ministry and Administration

Allyn Glenn-Burns, Associate Director of Ministry and Administration

Allyn has a background in organizational studies and non-profit management, and has deep affection or databases and well organized libraries. She has been a member of St. Timothy's United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls, IA for many years and has been involved in the Iowa Annual Conference at the district and statewide levels. In her free time Allyn loves snuggling puppies (especially basset hounds), attempting crossword puzzles, reading YA dystopias, and watching documentaries on Netflix. allyn.wesley@gmail.com

Cheri Barr, Business Manager

Cheri Barr, Business Manager

Cheri Barr is our incredible support staff who gets everything organized and running smoothly by keeping track of all the details that make the Wesley Student Center run. cheriatwesley@gmail.com

Scott Barr, Building Maintenance Supervisor

Scott Barr, Building Maintenance Supervisor

scottatwesley@gmail.com