What inspired you to be part of Wesley Foundation Merced?
One of the great pieces that inspired me to accept an appointment to serve with the United Methodist Church here in Merced was that this community hosted a Community College and a new U.C. Campus, as well as an established Wesley Foundation. Education is something I’ve long supported.
What have been the greatest blessings that you have seen over the past 10 years?
I have been here in Merced for five years, and without a doubt, the greatest blessing is the growth in Campus Ministry, and the movement from a position to an appointment of a Campus Minister. This movement enables stability and the flourishing of a successful program!
What is your idea for what God might do with WFM over the next 10 years?
I believe that the gift God has in mind for WFM is spiritual growth. For students to find a place of welcome and be enriched in their faith – or even be introduced to their own spiritual journey – is truly a lasting gift. Knowing that students are encouraged by others who believe in this important ministry is a way to share with God and one another the gifts that we have received. For this ministry to simply be alive and expanding in 10 years would a gift to God! (ok, a Wesley Center would be great too, but a sense of students who have graduated and gone onto their careers, and have continued to develop their faith would be icing on the cake!)
What spiritual practices do you engage in that keep your faith strong and allow you to give your time and talents to this ministry?
I invest in the spiritual practices of Centering Prayer (which allows me to be open to what God is calling me to do), pledging a percentage of my income (which reminds me that my time and talents and all that I have are gifts from God to be shared), and the opportunity to serve (which reminds me that by being in relationship with others, I am also being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ).
What is your prayer for the students that Wesley Foundation Merced reaches?
My prayer for the students of WFM is that they may continue to discover the unfolding grace of God in their lives; that as they study, learn, and grow, that they may also know the meaning of what it means to ‘seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly’ with God and one another; and that even in the most difficult times in life, they are never truly alone – the light and love of God in Christ is with them.