A return to roots means new beginnings for U of A Wesley

In 1924, Fayetteville’s Central Methodist Church started a college ministry on the campus of the University of Arkansas. In 1962, that ministry became the autonomous Wesley Foundation. On July 1, 2014, under the direction of Bishop Mueller and his Cabinet, the two ministries were reunited. 
The campus ministry of Central UMC and the Wesley Foundation at the University of Arkansas have merged into one campus ministry, under the umbrella of Central’s ministries. The Memorandum of Understanding ratified at Annual Conference states, “This reorganization simplifies and combines what were previously two campus ministries operating parallel to one another, and it is proposed with the intent to strengthen campus ministry, engage the mission field more forcefully, and make disciples of Jesus Christ more effectively. The purpose is to continue and expand the ministry of Jesus Christ to the campus of the University of Arkansas.”
The Rev. Emily Burch has been appointed as the director of U of A Wesley, while retaining her appointment as college pastor at Central UMC. A native of Collierville, Tenn., Burch served the Wesley Foundations at Auburn University and Murray State University before moving to Fayetteville. 
“We are eager to connect with incoming U of A students, as well as alumni, friends and former staff from U of A Wesley,” Burch says. “We hope our website will be a great way of making and renewing these connections across our Conference.” You can find U of A Wesley’s new website at www.uawesley.com.
If you or a student you know is interested in U of A Wesley, visit Wesley’s home page, scroll to the bottom, and click the “Let Us Know You’re Coming!” button. Also, find U of A Wesley on Facebook by searching “U of A Wesley”; on Twitter @UofAwesley; and Instagram @UofAWesley. For more information, contact Burch, eburch@centraltolife.com, or Wesley intern Elizabeth Hood, ehood@centraltolife.com.
—submitted by Lincoln Combs, U of A Wesley student leader