The Wesley Foundation at Eastern Illinois University was founded in 1959, though Methodist student groups date back to at least 1946 at EIU. It is the only EIU campus ministry affiliated with a mainline Protestant denomination, and the only campus ministry connected with a denomination where women can lead solo in all areas of ministry. The Wesley Foundation has a history of being welcoming and affirming to all students, especially those identifying as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a ministry related to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, EIU Wesley Foundation receives funding through the apportionment monies given by IGRC churches, in addition to gifts from other individuals, groups, and churches. Rev. Betzy Elifrits Warren has been Campus Minister/Director since September 1, 2017.
EIU Wesley Foundation is committed to staying UMC. If your congregation has left the UMC, or if you find yourself asking questions along your way, we welcome you to worship with us, while you search for a new faith community to call home. Campus ministries have always been transitional homes away from home for those seeking spiritual growth during times of change and discovery. You're welcome here.
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