Welcome to the Wesley United Methodist Church - University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Students & Campus


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In addition to Sunday worship and church ministries, Wesley also offers a wonderful array of worship, study, service and social activities designed by and for students, faculty and staff.  Participants include persons from the University of Illinois, Parkland College, Intensive English Institute and others who choose to be a part of this vibrant ministry. You will find persons with spiritual curiosity, intellectual integrity and authentic faith.

In addition to our standard student programming we, also provide activities designed specifically for Graduate Students and International Persons. We encourage you to find a place that fits who you are, nourishes your life and challenges your faith. Make sure to sign up for our “Weekly Student E-Newsletter.”

Empowering you to shine the light of Christ’s love

in this campus, in this community and throughout the world. 


Recent Updates


New ESL Class to Begin in June

May 29, 2014

The Wesley Foundation will begin a new English as a Second Language class on June 6 from 3pm-4pm in the Wesley conference room, to be followed by the International Coffeehouse in Etc. The class and the coffeehouse will both continue throughout the summer.

And don’t forget American Classic Movie Nights–starting Tuesday, June 3 at 7pm–which will round out the summer’s international education programming at the Wesley Foundation.


Where Will Wesley Take You?: A Wesley Foundation Alumni Profile

May 12, 2014

What do Wesley Foundation students do once they graduate (as some of our current students will in less then a week!)? Click here to read one alum’s story in the latest post on our blog.



Midweek Report: April 30

May 7, 2014

For the last Midweek Worship of the semester, students sang some great music and reflected on the past year. Click here to read more in our latest blog post!



Grad Study Makes Soup for the TIMES Center

May 5, 2014

For their last meeting of the semester, the Wesley Foundation Graduate Study Bible Study (affectionately known as Grad Study) prepared several gallons of soup for the TIMES Center men’s shelter. Click here to read all about it!



Midweek Report: April 23

Apr 28, 2014

Wesley Foundation students participated in a special Midweek Worship at Cunningham Children’s Home last week.  Click here to read a report from peer minister Olivia Harris all about it. 


Midweek Report: April 16

Apr 22, 2014

Click here to read peer minister Olivia Harris’s report on a special Midweek Worship last week, led by peer minister Tabi Nelson.




Eggs Dyed, Fun Had at International Coffeehouse

Apr 22, 2014

Last Friday, to celebrate Easter and have some fun, visitors to the International Coffeehouse dyed Easter eggs. Click here to read more and see some pictures of the fun.



Graduating in May? Get in touch

Apr 16, 2014

Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation will recognize and celebrate high school, undergraduate and graduate students who have completed their respective degrees and programs on Sunday, May 11th, in both worship services.  We need your help to make sure we include everyone who’s celebrating one of these milestones this year.  (This includes individuals who received their diplomas at the end of the 2013 fall semester and who completed degrees any time during the 2013-2014 academic year.)  Please send names and information for both local graduates and for those graduates connected with Wesley who are finishing programs in other locations to Rev. Julie Dowler (jdowler@wesleyui.org or 217-344-1120) by Sunday, May 4th. It would also be helpful if you could indicate whether the graduate will be present in either the 9:30 or 11:15 worship service on May 11th.


Midweek Report: April 9

Apr 15, 2014

Click here to read the latest report about Midweek Worship at the Wesley Foundation.


Wesley Foundation Program Packages 147,162 Meals

Apr 10, 2014

Last Saturday, on the Community & Campus Day of Service, Illini Fighting Hunger (a Wesley Foundation program) organized an event at which volunteers packaged over 147,000 meals. Click here or on the image below to read more about their amazing accomplishment.