Wesley Foundation at UTK

The United Methodist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Tennessee

Our Mission

The Wesley Foundation "strives to be an open, diverse Christian community, extending love on campus."

The Wesley Foundation is open each day from 9 am until 10 pm. Come by and hang out or study between classes. Everyone is welcome!

About the Wesley Foundation


In 1943, the Wesley Foundation purchased and renovated a house on what is now Volunteer Boulevard. This site is now occupied by the Claxton Education Building. Programs and gatherings took place for many years at this house.

During the 1952-53 school year, renovations on a chapel were completed. The prayer chapel was housed in the basement of the property and was the first chapel of any denominational center at UT.
As the University expanded, the Board of Directors made an exchange with the University for the 1718 Melrose property. The house on the property originally belonged to the McDowells family of Knoxville and was later acquired by the Cullman family. In 1956, when it was acquired, the property was thought to be "off the beaten path" of University traffic.

Ground was broken for the present chapel in the fall of 1957. Many problems with the house at Melrose led to the eventual demolition and rebuilding. The new building (the present-day Wesley Foundation) opened on September 23, 1967 and was fully furnished and ready to operate. Students spent the time leading up to the opening refinishing furniture and preparing for when their "center" would be completed.

Since the completion of the building many hundreds of students have been through the building and involved in various aspects of the ministry of the Wesley Foundation. It opened as a place for United Methodist students to gather, worship, share in fellowship, serve and grow in their faith. That tradition continues today. As our mission statement states, the Wesley Foundation "strives to be an open, diverse Christian community on campus through worship, service, discussion, and fellowship."

Come and join us as we grow in our faith and understanding. Come share in this strong tradition and grow with us!

 

OUR MISSION

The Wesley Foundation strives to be an open, diverse Christian community, promoting spiritual growth, and extending God’s love on campus. 

 

Our Staff


Rev. Tim Kobler Director/Campus Minister timkobler@utkwesleyfoundation.org  

Rev. Tim Kobler
Director/Campus Minister
timkobler@utkwesleyfoundation.org

 

Rev. Heather Godsey Program Director hgodseywf@comcast.net  

Rev. Heather Godsey
Program Director
hgodseywf@comcast.net

 

Stephanie Parrott Seminary Intern tntriplets@aol.com

Stephanie Parrott
Seminary Intern
tntriplets@aol.com

Tanner Thornton Music Director tthorn11@vols.utk.edu

Tanner Thornton
Music Director
tthorn11@vols.utk.edu

Madeleine Fox Student Intern Spk623@vols.utk.edu

Madeleine Fox
Student Intern
Spk623@vols.utk.edu

Matt Davis Student Intern for Service & Mission mdavi121@vols.utk.edu

Matt Davis
Student Intern for Service & Mission
mdavi121@vols.utk.edu