The Wesley Foundation is the campus ministry of the United Methodist Church and Cullowhee UMC. It is approaching its 75th anniversary of work with the students of Western Carolina University. The ministry and students have been a champion for civil rights, social justice, and loving their neighbor during regular days and during many times of trial and tribulation throughout our country’s turbulent 20th and 21st century history.

Now we face new adversity that comes from within our own denomination. Let it be known that we will continue to be the same welcoming body of Christians where every person who comes to this place is welcomed, loved, and honored similarly. Every person will be valued for being a child of God. Considering full equality and inclusion; EVERYONE will have opportunities to grow closer to God through worship, study, and prayer, enjoy the fellowship of other students and church members, and contribute to their community and ministry. The Wesley Foundation has been and always will remain a campus ministry for ALL students.

Jay Hinton, Campus Minister/Director


Friends: (ALL friends!)

Right now, the United Methodist Church is trying to find it’s way after a General Conference vote hardening language against LGBTQ+ persons.   I regret the harm and pain that this action has brought to all of you.

At Cullowhee UMC we are carefully trying to plot our course so we can continue to be a place where ALL people can be a part of God’s family.

Right now, please know that I believe that the General Conference Resolution is incompatible with Christian teaching.   There are thousands of us working hard to set this right.

I have always been grateful that Jesus did not seem to be selective about helping and welcoming people.   In fact, he was pretty reckless with his love.  I thank God for that.

David Reeves, Pastor