“Now, back at my home church, I’m volunteering to read lessons in service and I speak up during Bible study in a ring of people much older than me. I feel that no matter where I go in the world, because of the opportunities provided by Wesley Foundation and Church to practice being a Christian and to think-out-loud with peers to better develop my personal sense of God and faith, I will continue to be an active member of the body of Christ.” -Olivia Harris, recent Wesley alum (read more stories about belonging and becoming at Wesley here)

The Wesley Foundation has been around for over a century and has seen many students pass through its doors. We love the opportunity to reconnect, like we did in Fall 2013 during our 100th anniversary festivities, and like we do at special events throughout the year.

We also like to connect online. So please poke around the website–and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter–to see what today’s Wesley students are up to. And keep reading to see where your fellow Wesley alumni have ended up.

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Tabi Nelson, who graduated in May 2015 and is now in seminary in Boston, welcomes members to worship.

2018  Alumni Reunion Weekend

Join us April 21-22, 2018 for Wesley’s Alumni Reunion. Our special guests will be former Campus Minister Rev. Rob. Kirby and current Campus Minister Rev. Julie Dowler. There will be opportunities to share a table with old friends and Wesley family members, participate in an Illini Fighting Hunger packaging event and worship at a Midweek-style communion service. Registration is open and all events are free: sign up here.

Stay in Touch and Up to Date

You can find the Wesley Foundation newsletter here:

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Fall 2015

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Winter 2015

Want to receive the newsletter by mail or email? Contact Wayne Wilson at or 217-344-1120.

Where Will Wesley Take You? Alumni Profiles

We’re gathering stories from our alumni about how Wesley prepared them for life beyond college, how it helped them grow into the people they have become. Want to share your stories? We’d love to hear from you. Send an email to

And for now, check out the first two of what we hope will be an ongoing series of alumni profiles that give us (and our current students) a glimpse at where Wesley can take you.

Lindsey Long

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Wesley alum Lindsey Long, who graduated in 2009.

How or why did you originally get involved with Wesley Foundation?
The praise band.  I love music and I wanted to be a part of what Wesley was doing on Sunday mornings.

What activities and/or people at Wesley were most influential to you?
Both the praise band and leading Wednesday night worship services as part of the peer ministry team.

Do these experiences or people influence you today?
Absolutely!  I discovered my love and gifts for worship.  It became so much the pinnacle of my weekly routine that I ended up giving my life to it and going to seminary.

Read the rest of Lindsey’s story over on the Wesley Foundation Student Center Tumblr page!

Dave Klenske

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Wesley alum Dave Klenske, who graduated in 1989

How or why did you first get involved with the Wesley Foundation?
I can’t recall exactly.  I attended a Methodist church prior to college, and was looking at different churches on campus.  I was probably a sophomore and after some other options that friends were involved in, I wound up attending Wesley on my own and found Midweek.  That led to further involvement and the Etc. coffee house and other opportunities.

What activities and people at Wesley were most influential to you?
Really enjoyed mid-week worship, volunteering in the Etc. coffeehouse, and went on a Habitat trip to Atlanta and canoed the Boundary Waters Wilderness area.  There were many influential people at Wesley including Diane Jeffers and Wayne Wilson.  Peers include David Martin (who I still see regularly on my trips to Chicago or his to California) and Patricia Gruber (whom I dated for a number of years).  Wesley really helped introduce me to a wide cross section of people with similar morals and values but whose life experiences and interest were different than mine.

Read the rest of Dave’s story over on the Wesley Foundation Student Center Tumblr page!


We invite our alumni to participate in Wesley’s future in a variety of ways, from mentorship to storytelling to worship. One other important opportunity to contribute to Wesley  is through giving. Click here to learn more about giving options and opportunities at Wesley. Or you can make a contribution through PayPal: