Who We Are

What is Wesley Fellowship?

The Wesley Fellowship at Grand Valley offers a place where students can learn about and follow Jesus Christ in a non-judgmental, inclusive, and open environment. We help students learn how their faith connects to the rest of their lives- their career choices and their social justice concerns. We offer thoughtful Bible study, spiritual formation, and opportunities to put one’s faith into action. Absolutely everyone is welcome!

Wesley Leadership

  • Chair: Mr. John Hartel
  • Treasurer: Mr. Robert Kleinhans
  • Faculty Advisor: De. Suzeanne Benet
  • Student President: Hannah Wheaton
  • Intern: Bailey Williams
  • Director: Nancy Janisch

Our Director

Nancy Janisch, M. Div has been the Wesley Fellowship Director since 2017. Nancy has eleven years of campus ministry experience with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Grand Rapids and is familiar with the programs and work of Wesley at GVSU. Nancy has a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology (2005), a BS in Biology (1975) and DVM (1983) from Kansas State University. Nancy has a particular interest in spiritual formation, social justice and science and religion. 

How to Contact Us

Email us at wesleygv@mail.gvsu.edu

The United Methodist Church

The Wesley Fellowship at Grand Valley is a campus ministry of the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church came into being in 1968 with the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

The “Wesley” name comes from our recognition that the Methodist movement in England began while two brothers, John and Charles Wesley, were students at Oxford. Their dedication to take their faith seriously as young adults brought them both derision and respect, but eventually drew people across all classes into deeper faithfulness.

John Wesley’s tireless preaching and advocacy for the poor and Charles Wesley’s hymn-writing skills brought a message of grace and salvation to many people.

Learn more about the United Methodist Church.

Learn more about the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church

Grand Valley State University

The main campus of Grand Valley State University was established in 1960 and is located in Allendale, Michigan. Today GVSU has multiple locations throughout the state, including the Robert C. Pew campus and the Health Sciences campus both in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GVSU has 24,033 students and offers 136 degrees. For a first year Michigan resident tuition is $12,860 per year. On campus freshman housing costs between $4500 and $5375 per semester and includes 14 meals a week. Learn more about Grand Valley State University, here.

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