The Board of Directors of the Wesley Center at the University of Iowa is pleased to announce exciting changes that will help ensure a strong future for the organization.
The building previously owned and occupied by the Wesley Center has been sold to the neighboring First United Methodist Church of Iowa City. The large building no longer met the needs of our ministry and would have been difficult to maintain given the reduction in denominational funding that began in January. Proceeds from the sale will become a foundation for future ministry, and allow the Wesley Center to operate in an engaging space that is suited to the model of our ministry. For at least the next 18 months, we will continue to operate from our current program space at 120 N Dubuque St.
Last summer, Rev. Anna Blaedel resigned the position of Wesley Center Director. However, Rev. Blaedel is steadfast in their support of the Wesley Center and continues to lead Tuesday Table and provide other ministry program direction and support.
In October, the Board of the Wesley Center hired Rev. Sean McRoberts as the new Director of Development & Operations. Rev. McRoberts will lead fundraising initiatives, assist with daily operations, and oversee a volunteer program to support the Wesley Center mission. The Board is very grateful for the talent and attention Rev. McRoberts will share with the Wesley Center community.
The Wesley Center will continue to be a source of spiritual support for the students of the University of Iowa. By sharing our values of authenticity, courage, community, justice, healthy and sustainable leadership, and hospitality, we will live out our mission: To invite and partner with students to seek justice, to encounter community, and to linger in Divine truths. Those wishing to support our mission can make a donation at www.iowawesley.org and sign the Loved and Liberated statement created by UM Forward.