The University of Iowa Wesley Foundation celebrated 100 years of ministry over the weekend. Students, staff, alumni, and friends gathered for a series of events, including an open house, a tailgating party in conjunction with Saturday’s football game, and worship on Sunday morning at First United Methodist Church, which is located right next door to their facility.
Paul Shultz, the campus minister and executive director of the Wesley Foundation, was interviewed for a feature article by the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Campus ministry, he suggested, sits at a unique placed between childhood and adulthood, nurturing spiritual, emotional, and relational life transitions. “We deal with all of those issues with students.”
Mission and service in the community has been a theme of the Wesley Foundation’s ministry in Iowa City over the years. Several social service institutions can trace their roots to the Wesley Foundation building itself, including the Crisis Center of Johnson County, the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, and the Free Lunch Program. In addition, social justice issues and related mission work have provided opportunities for students like senior Taylor Gould to travel to Washington, D.C. and El Salvador, among other places, as witnesses to the gospel.
Conference apportionments given by local churches across the state of Iowa help to support the ministries of the Wesley Foundation.