Did you know that the Wesley Foundation is a movement? We are on the move across the campus of the University of Minnesota to welcome and nurture students as they explore their faith and build community. With weekly worship in Coffman Union, discussion nights in Dinkytown, community dinners near the St. Paul Campus, and coffee chats with the campus minister on East Bank and West Bank, we are actively reaching students in many areas of campus. Take a look at what is making news at the Wesley Foundation.

NEW WORSHIP LOCATION at Coffman Memorial Union

Sunday night worship at Coffman Student Union is one of our best attended programs. Freshmen students have found this new central meeting spot easy to locate, and everyone likes the convenience.  Campus pastor Lauren loves the energy the students bring as they come together as a worshiping community. She presides over the service and provides an inspirational message and weekly communion, while student musicians lead singing of both traditional and contemporary songs. 

DISCUSSION NIGHT at Bordertown Coffee

Bordertown Coffee in Dinkytown is the perfect location for Discussion Night. We’ve got a standing reservation for the Library Room on Monday nights when Wesley students gather for coffee and conversation. Recent student-led topics have included prayer, grace, and how political involvement connects to faith. 

COMMUNITY DINNERS at Centennial United Methodist Church, St. Anthony Park Campus

We are delighted to hold our Wednesday night community dinners near the St. Paul campus at Centennial UMC in St. Anthony Park. Both students and staff volunteer to cook in the spacious church kitchen and we all enjoy the opportunity to connect mid-week. Students are finding it easy to catch the city bus or the campus connector bus to travel to this St. Paul location.

student stories



From an early age, Kelby knew he wanted to be a pastor. He recalls, “When I was six years old, I remember hearing stories about traveling missionaries and thought that sounded like a cool career. As I grew older, my thoughts turned to parish ministry. I love to write, to be with people, and I love God. It sounded perfect to me.”

 Wesley Foundation senior Brenna’s eyes sparkle as she describes her experiences volunteering for the Christian Disciple Farm, a United Methodist Church-supported vacation bible school for children with special needs and their families in Sullivan, Wisconsin. “I’ve been a junior counselor at Lake Lucerne, and signed up to do anything at this camp, but when they put me in charge of a group of 9 to 12-year old’s, I was at first a little nervous.” 

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Campus Minister Lauren Rheingans achieves methodist milestones

In June, Lauren was approved by the Chicago Area Conference (her home conference) for Provisional Deacon status and on July 1, 2018 she was officially appointed to the Wesley Foundation by Bishop Sally Dyck.

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Lily’s Faith Journey at the University of Minnesota

When I came to the University of Minnesota as a freshman in 2015, I was so excited to find a Christian community on campus.



Bishop Ough's message celebrating the mission and vision of the Wesley Foundation inspired everyone in attendance at our annual dinner.

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jane explores wesley Landmarks in london

While studying in London over the summer, Wesley Foundation senior Jane Bollweg stumbled upon some Wesley historical landmarks.