UH Wesley Foundation Combines Diversity and Development

Date Posted: 3/10/2016

Students from near and far are find welcoming arms in this campus ministry at University of Houston, along with support on their spiritual journey -- regardless of their starting point.
 
When Rev. Stacy Pever Anzick, Magnolia UMC, was asked to serve on the board of The Bridge/University of Houston Wesley, her response was an enthusiastic “Yes!” given the exciting ministry happening at the UH Wesley Foundation. A firm believer in Investing in the Young, Stacy is one of several enthusiastic lay and clergy board members facilitating a supportive spiritual network for a group of students from as far away as Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
 
“Since we are on a very diverse campus, we see this as our mandate of the world as our parish, “campus pastor Rev. Jackie Collins shares. “We focus on growing students spiritually and making disciples no matter where they start on their journey. Students can range from never attended church before to those who grew up in the church such as a preachers kid."
 
As a new volunteer on the board, Stacy joined the subcommittee planning the Fundraising Gala this fall.  “The excitement and opportunities of a college campus outweigh the challenges of campus ministry when you have someone with the gifts of Rev. Collins,” adds Stacy.  Board leaders are integrally involved in campus ministries. Notes Stacy, “I see God working through these students who study and serve together.  They are engaged with a homeless ministry of action and service that goes hand in hand with what they learn and discuss during their Bible Study. Students then take those experiences into the other parts of their lives, inviting friends to come to The Bridge events and giving witness to how their lives have been impacted.”
 
“Over the past few months,” shares freshman Jershayla Johnson, biology/pre-med major, “The Wesley Foundation has become my second home. I have made wonderful lifelong friends and have grown in my faith. The opportunities to feed the homeless weekly and attend Christian camp helped me gain a better understanding of how to practice my faith in action! I am grateful for the Wesley Foundation and all the wonderful things they are doing.”
 
Stacy attended private colleges that did not have Wesley Foundations but she was active in student ministries nonetheless. “I believe college is an important time for young adults to explore different aspects of their faith and spiritual growth,” Stacy shares. “While a college campus is a transient place where your congregation has a lot of turn over, you are also in a place where your population values learning and is there to explore and develop for their future.”
 
Her fellow board member Dianne Akins Iglehart, a two-time University of Houston alumni, was “ecstatic to receive the invitation to join the board.” She says, “I have fond memories as an undergrad participating in some of the foundation’s activities. My parents encouraged me to continue worshipping and nurturing my faith during college, knowing that can be a time to expand academic skills and your understanding of what it means to be a disciple.” Adds Dianne, “I am proud to witness the current students take the time and opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth experiences in the Wesley Foundation.”
 
UH senior Alexandria Davis adds, “The Wesley Foundation at U of H has given me the opportunity to grow and learn to defend my faith through our interfaith dialogue free lunches once a week. It has also allowed me to build long-lasting friendships.”
 
Adds Stacy, “Clergy and lay leadership of the annual conference will soon be receiving communication from the U of H Wesley Foundation Board, and we ask that you prayerfully consider how your congregation can respond and be involved with this fruitful ministry as we Invest in the Young together as a conference.”  
 
To contact Rev. Collins: www.uhwesley.org, uhwesley1@gmail.com
UH Wesley Foundation Combines Diversity and Development
Students from near and far are find welcoming arms in this campus ministry at University of Houston, along with support on their spiritual journey -- regardless of their starting point.
 
When Rev. Stacy Pever Anzick, Magnolia UMC, was asked to serve on the board of The Bridge/University of Houston Wesley, her response was an enthusiastic “Yes!” given the exciting ministry happening at the UH Wesley Foundation. A firm believer in Investing in the Young, Stacy is one of several enthusiastic lay and clergy board members facilitating a supportive spiritual network for a group of students from as far away as Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
 
“Since we are on a very diverse campus, we see this as our mandate of the world as our parish, “campus pastor Rev. Jackie Collins shares. “We focus on growing students spiritually and making disciples no matter where they start on their journey. Students can range from never attended church before to those who grew up in the church such as a preachers kid."
 
As a new volunteer on the board, Stacy joined the subcommittee planning the Fundraising Gala this fall.  “The excitement and opportunities of a college campus outweigh the challenges of campus ministry when you have someone with the gifts of Rev. Collins,” adds Stacy.  Board leaders are integrally involved in campus ministries. Notes Stacy, “I see God working through these students who study and serve together.  They are engaged with a homeless ministry of action and service that goes hand in hand with what they learn and discuss during their Bible Study. Students then take those experiences into the other parts of their lives, inviting friends to come to The Bridge events and giving witness to how their lives have been impacted.”
 
“Over the past few months,” shares freshman Jershayla Johnson, biology/pre-med major, “The Wesley Foundation has become my second home. I have made wonderful lifelong friends and have grown in my faith. The opportunities to feed the homeless weekly and attend Christian camp helped me gain a better understanding of how to practice my faith in action! I am grateful for the Wesley Foundation and all the wonderful things they are doing.”
 
Stacy attended private colleges that did not have Wesley Foundations but she was active in student ministries nonetheless. “I believe college is an important time for young adults to explore different aspects of their faith and spiritual growth,” Stacy shares. “While a college campus is a transient place where your congregation has a lot of turn over, you are also in a place where your population values learning and is there to explore and develop for their future.”
 
Her fellow board member Dianne Akins Iglehart, a two-time University of Houston alumni, was “ecstatic to receive the invitation to join the board.” She says, “I have fond memories as an undergrad participating in some of the foundation’s activities. My parents encouraged me to continue worshipping and nurturing my faith during college, knowing that can be a time to expand academic skills and your understanding of what it means to be a disciple.” Adds Dianne, “I am proud to witness the current students take the time and opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth experiences in the Wesley Foundation.”
 
UH senior Alexandria Davis adds, “The Wesley Foundation at U of H has given me the opportunity to grow and learn to defend my faith through our interfaith dialogue free lunches once a week. It has also allowed me to build long-lasting friendships.”
 
Adds Stacy, “Clergy and lay leadership of the annual conference will soon be receiving communication from the U of H Wesley Foundation Board, and we ask that you prayerfully consider how your congregation can respond and be involved with this fruitful ministry as we Invest in the Young together as a conference.”  
 
To contact Rev. Collins: www.uhwesley.org, uhwesley1@gmail.com
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