The University of Iowa Wesley Foundation is developing leaders for service in and beyond the local church. One of their students, Jannalee Nieuwenhuis, is a new Campus Ministry Associate.
Jannalee is pursuing a call to ordained ministry. Her studies are introducing her to skills in a variety of areas important to the future of the church: spiritual formation, leadership development, vocational discernment, community building, social justice engagement, and hospitality and outreach.
Each semester is a fresh start at the Wesley Center. They cope with constant change as students arrive on campus for the first time or leave for pursuits in other places.
After moving to Iowa City from Michigan, for example, Jannalee found her way to the Wesley Center via the Internet. She began attending their monthly Theology on Tap—a program she is now leading!
Jannalee’s evangelical spirit is a great asset to ministry in Iowa City. She is passionate about praise and worship as well as small group ministry. The Rev. Anna Blaedel, the campus minister at the Wesley Center, says that Jannalee’s “passion for ministry, community, and transformative faith is delightfully contagious.”
The Iowa Conference has budgeted $237,164 in 2016 from the apportionment gifts of the United Methodist churches of Iowa to support the UIowa Wesley Center.