Gator Wesley is the United Methodist Campus Ministry serving the college campuses of the University of Florida and Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.
At Gator Wesley, students are invited into an authentic community that encourages a life with Jesus as they discover who they are becoming, and how they are connecting to their community and to the world.
Who is Wesley?
John Wesley was the founder of the United Methodist Church. He said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
John Wesley was not a systematic theologian but rather a practical theologian. Instead of faith being purely an intellectual experience, he was adamant that our understanding of faith must influence our actions in the real world. He remarked that we must keep our head and our heart involved in our faith. He is most known for his writings and sermons on God’s grace. He viewed God’s grace as the work of the Holy Spirit in the everyone’s life from the moment of conception to death, leading us to the understanding that God exists, loves us, and sent Jesus for our salvation. For more on Wesley’s distinctive theological influence, please visit: http://www.umc.org/site/pp.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=2310047
The United Methodist Church
The Gator Wesley Foundation is the official United Methodist Campus ministry in Gainesville, FL. There are Wesley Foundations at every major university in Florida, and there are many more around the nation and world. For more information on the United Methodist Church, including history, doctrine, social principles, and more, please visit: http://www.umc.org We do yearly events with other Wesley’s across the United Methodist connection such as Imagine What’s Next and Exploration.
A Little of Our History at Gator Wesley. . .
The Wesley Foundation serving the University of Florida and Santa Fe College was founded in the early 1920’s. With the growth of the College Park neighborhood after World War II, and under the exceptional leadership of Director Thaxton Springfield, University Methodist Church was founded and the Wesley Foundation experienced tremendous growth. A generation later, and with extraordinary leadership from Director Bob Fannin, the church and campus ministry incorporated together and became University United Methodist Church and Student Center. In 2010 University United Methodist Church gave birth to what is now Gator Wesley Foundation. We at Gator Wesley are grateful for the strong and vibrant legacy of UUMC.
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