Corey Moses

Find out more about our new Wesley Director, Corey Moses! He grew up in Brownwood, TX and graduated from High School in 2000. Toward the end of his HS years, he felt God calling him to vocational ministry in the realm of Music. Following God’s call in his life, he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from McMurry University and a Master’s in Church Music from Hardin-Simmons University. 


His wife, Katie met him while at McMurry and have been married for 11 years. Katie is a wonderful wife, and caring mother. She loves reading, cooking, planning family outings, and navigating a slight compulsion to Pinterest. She holds an Environmental Science degree and cares deeply for creation care. Right now, Katie works for the City of Granbury as an Accounts Manager in the Finance Department. Katie has always remained the voice of constant support and encouragement. 


They have 2 daughters, Cadence (9), and Caroline (7). The way he typically describe the girls is that their personalities match their hair. Cadence has straight, brown hair, enjoys reading, and is 2 years into piano lessons. She insists on being in bed by 9:00 and we rarely have to instruct her on keeping her room clean and taking care of homework and things like that. Caroline, on the other hand, is curly blonde. Her room is always a mess, needs constant reminders for homework and adores all things shiny and sparkly. Caroline is in her 1st year of dance and is never happier than when the lights are on her with her make-up and sparkly dresses in the dance recitals. Cadence has decided she wants to teach music when she grows up, while Caroline wants to live in Paris and be a fashionista and ballerina.


They also have 2 dogs and a cat. Gunner (my buddy) is a 3 year old yellow lab/husky mix and wants to be everybody’s best friend. Bogart (Katie’s baby) is an 11 year old blue heeler/basset mix that is always by her side and may be the clingiest, whiniest dog he's ever met and is terrified of new people coming to the house. Yes….that is an odd breed mixture. Cookie, the cat was a gift from Santa 2 years ago…..Santa and Corey need to have a chat.
In his spare time, he loves fly fishing, reading, binge watching Netflix, and from time-to-time playing at racquetball. (He says “playing at,” because he's not very good.) He could not be more excited about following God’s call on his life in this new venture with Campus Ministry.

 

Madison Brown

Tarleton junior, Madison Brown, grew up knowing there was a certain existence of God, but not aspiring to have a deeper faith or any tangible connection to God. She first came to the Wesley in the fall of 2015, after being invited by a close friend. “It was weird, like a cult of happy people. Literally, everyone was so happy and smiley and welcoming” She says of her first-time visit. Despite the awkwardness she expected, she kept returning to the Wesley and found herself enjoying it and the people more and more. Madison knew she was finding her place at the Wesley when she began to choose church related events with Wesley people over just hanging with friends or doing other things and she knew she was finding family when she began to go to Wesley events regardless of knowing who would or would not be there.


If you ask Madison to describe her Wesley experience in a sentence she will simply tell you, “I’m home.” Over the past year Madison has grown so much in her faith and attributes much of that to the people that make up the environment of the Wesley. She says the Wesley has helped her learn to speak and communicate about her faith and what it means to be a follower of Jesus and to show that in her daily life. What she originally thought would be an uncomfortable experience at an awkward place ended up being one of her favorite places to be with friends, just relax, and worship God. The Wesley has helped Madison to seek comfort in others and in God as well as to strive deeper into community with God and his followers.

Kimberlee Mccullough

Kimberlee McCullough grew up in a hometown church, but when coming to college struggled to find the motivation to find a local church or campus ministry when it was easier to fall into the wrong crowds and behaviors. Eventually finding herself angry at herself and God she took the opportunity to visit the Wesley. Growing up Baptist, Kimberlee was a little worried she would feel out of place, but as soon as she walked through the door that changed. She specifically remembers that the very first thing someone said to her was “I’m so happy you’re here!” and says that “just that greeting and excitement was how I knew I wanted to stay at the Wesley.” Despite her concerns, Kimberlee was accepted instantly.


When the opportunity for Kimberlee to join the Wesley on a mission trip to Belize came up, it was timed with a heavy heart over the loss of her home town preacher and to honor him she made the decision to go on her first mission trip. Kimberlee was very clear about the way the mission trip had affected her saying, “Actually going to Belize and seeing the children, the work being done, and God working through my life as well as others, I knew that I was actually starting to feel God really changing my heart for the first time in my life. As Kimberlee began to invest more of herself in the Wesley she continued to see God working. At the annual Wesley retreat she opened up and got to share her story with people who had experienced similar things and found Kelsey, who became her biggest inspiration and Kimberley Norris, who is now her closest friend. 


Kimberlee says the Wesley has helped her to grow as a person and accept herself, as well has empowered her to take huge steps in her faith. This last semester, she publicly gave her testimony for the very first time and chose to reaffirm her faith. She says the most important lesson she has learned at the Wesley so far is that, “ it’s okay to be uncomfortable, because sometimes being uncomfortable is the best thing that could ever happen to you, whether you expect it or not”. If she could describe her personal Wesley experience in one word she would say “family.” That is what the Wesley is to Kimberlee and many students like her and that family is helping to cultivate faith.

lynzee Gillespie

Lynzee grew up without any belief in God. When she left high school, she attended Louisiana College. During those years one of her friends brought her to a church event. It was such a life-altering experience that she accepted Christ into her life. She knew that the road ahead of her would be tough, though, since her whole life needed to change from how she spent her time to who she spent her time with. Her friends up to that point had been negative influences on her life, and she knew that she had to leave them behind if she truly wanted to follow God. She tried spending her time going to church events, but she struggled with leaving her friends behind. She knew she needed a fresh start where she could focus on living her life for God. As she struggled with these things, an opportunity for her to transfer to Tarleton State University opened up, and she knew that it was God opening a door for her.  


When she transferred, she knew that she wanted to get involved with a student ministry. Her cousins, Morgan and M’Kenna, were active students at the Wesley Foundation, and they invited her to attend with them. She felt awkward at first, but she saw that the students genuinely were interested in her and her life, which made her feel like a part of the Wesley. As she spent more time at the Wesley she started doing things without her cousins. That was when she knew that it was a home for her. At the Wesley she was surrounded by friends who encouraged her in her faith and helped her in her walk with Christ. Soon, she started inviting her own friends to the Wesley. The Wesley transformed her life from being just a student of Tarleton State University to a student with friends who would do anything for her.  


After she had been involved at the Wesley for a few months, David McMinn asked her to be a part of the worship team. She was hesitant and nervous, at first. Then, some of her friends at the Wesley encouraged her to try out for the Voice, a singing competition TV show. Although she did not make it on there it gave her a new confidence. She decided to join the worship band and has been part of it ever since. She continues to be very active in our foundation and is excited to continue growing with her Wesley family.

Glen lake camp

written by Hanna Newcomer

“Love God. Serve Others. Live Righteously.” That is the mission statement of the Tarleton State University Wesley Foundation in Stephenville. If you do not know, Wesley Foundations are United Methodist student ministries for college students across the country. The Methodist denomination was founded by John Wesley, a man who once said to “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.” It might make sense for any and all people who practice a faith in this denomination to be giving and generous, yet the Tarleton Wesley has proved it is much more than just that.


How do we know the Tarleton Wesley is different? This year at Glen Lake Summer Camp (for young Christians), 12 of the camp counselor staff members were students from the Tarleton Wesley! As a member of this group, I can speak for all of us when saying I have never experienced such love and growth than I have in the Wesley. Rev. David McMinn, an elder in full connection who is our director of campus ministry, focuses on strong student leader worship and peer mentorship. At Tarleton’s Wesley, students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones for the sake of others and to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. Bible studies are led by students for students, and mission/outreach is a large part of our focus on what we believe. To take a deeper look at what the TSU Wesley is doing differently that is inspiring such great servant leadership in their students, I interviewed several of the students who worked for Glen Lake Summer Camp this season.


Rachel Hitt, Tarleton Wesley’s intern for the upcoming school year, is a perfect example. With a heart of ministry and a passion for God, she is back at Glen Lake for her second summer and has even inspired others to serve at Glen Lake. Oskar Gallardo, a member of Tarleton Wesley’s praise band said, “Rachel is one of the main reasons I applied … but I also feel that David has been pushing all of us to be selfless servants of God this past year, and working at Glen Lake is the perfect way to do that. Most of us probably felt the call to work here because we wanted to help build God’s kingdom by pouring into these kids.” What a well-said statement. God, who has graciously poured out himself for us, is working through people at the Tarleton Wesley to inspire others to give of themselves and work to be Christlike as they strive to be selfless.


Another Tarleton Wesley praise band member, Kevin Taylor, shared that at first he wasn’t so excited about the number of Tarleton Wesley students working at Glen Lake because he had wanted to meet new people, but he later found he was glad so many of them were there. He observed that the Tarleton Wesley students “saw an opportunity to serve and help little kids discover what a Christ-filled life is all about.” He followed this by saying, “It’s just that we have such a family like atmosphere, and we wanted to keep that growing stronger throughout the summer as we found a way to serve together.” The Tarleton Wesley is a place to form strong relationships and to hold each other accountable in our faith and in our walk with God. Kevin’s testimony about summer camp staff clearly shows he has formed great bonds and with those people he has discovered new ways to offer servant leadership as a Christian and young adult.


One thing I have personally learned from my time with the Tarleton Wesley students is that we are always learning and growing, not only with God, but also with each other. Myjah Stubbs, another Tarleton Wesley student, illustrated this perfectly by saying, “I love being able to see kids learn more about God and get closer to Him. I also like learning from the kids because I’m learning just as much from them.” Pastor David has taught us about growing our relationship with God and the many important ways to do that – two of them being learning from your Christian peers and another being through service and giving. Like Myjah made clear, this lesson is resonating in the young adults who feel they are called to serve at Glen Lake.


There is so much more than words can explain about what the Tarleton Wesley Foundation is doing in our lives and how it is growing us as Christians, but it is obvious that God is here at the Tarleton Wesley. He is alive in each of us, and he is actively teaching us what it means to pour into our faith through people like David and the students who have offered their entire summers to serve something bigger than themselves. One semester our motto was “Sow Love,” and let me tell you, love is being sown. If the words of our giving students can’t convince you, come see us, worship with us, praise God with us. Like Kevin said, we are a family and this faith was meant to be shared.

Wyatt Wilson

Wyatt Wilson was a student with a football scholarship at Southern Nazarene University. He entered into college with an undecided major. Over the course of the next year, though, he decided to pursue a major in Geology. Southern Nazarene University, though, did not have that major. After doing research and after a lot of thinking, he decided to leave his school and football scholarship behind and transfer to Tarleton State University, where Geology was offered.


When Wyatt transferred, he left behind many friends and a place where he felt comfortable. He knew nobody at Tarleton and had a difficult time connecting to the school. He wasn’t involved in any organizations. Also, he could not find a church home. He visited many of the Christian student organizations on campus and the churches in town, but he always felt out of place. After a semester of being in school, a friend invited him to the Wesley Foundation. He decided to try it out during the Tuesday night Logos Worship. Wyatt found the people at the Wesley to be very inviting. He instantly felt at home and welcomed. He also saw that the students there had a common focus and were sincere in their pursuit of Christianity. Wyatt very quickly decided to become involved there. 


Soon after becoming involved, Wyatt began to see his life transforming. He felt closer to God, he began to read the Bible much more than he had previously and he began praying on a deeper level. He found that his new connections were also benefitting his walk with Christ. The students at the Wesley encouraged him in his relationship with God. He also connected with the pastor, David McMinn, who helped him understand parts of scripture that he had not understood previously. With the help of his new home and family, Wyatt became more devoted to his faith and more determined to follow it. He helped with setting up for Logos Worship and also helped welcome new and returning students as they enter the Wesley. He says that he is continuing to grow in his love for Christ and that the Wesley Foundation and its people have helped him become a stronger believer. He is now a graduate of Tarleton State with a degree in Geology.

Cliff Curry

Freshman, Cliff Curry, grew up in a family that went to church, but he never was truly devoted to Christianity himself. He went every Sunday, but he never personally pursued a relationship with God. Once he reached high school, Cliff stopped going altogether, due to some pastoral issues. For the rest of his high school years he did not go to church.  


When he reached college, he went to one of Tarleton’s resource fairs where he was introduced to the option of getting involved with on-campus student ministries. He checked out some of the other student ministries for a while but was not particularly interested in the ones he visited. One day, the Residential Leader in his dorm told him about the free lunches given by all of the student ministries, so he decided to go. The first one he went to was the free lunch given by the Wesley. He met David McMinn and some of the other students who encouraged him to go to Tuesday Logos Worship the following evening. When he visited he was impressed by the message and the people that he met there, so he decided to message David on Facebook. He enjoyed how open-minded and inviting David was, and he made the decision to continue going to the Wesley. 


As he got more involved in the Wesley, he was taught about bringing things to God in prayer. He learned that prayer was much more than just a byproduct of something good or a thank you to God. He learned that questioning his faith is not a bad thing and that it is part of growing in his understanding of what he believes and why he believes it. 


Through the Wesley, Cliff has a job cleaning the dishes, which he had been looking for since he had started school. He, also, is on the leadership team and handles the social media for the Wesley. He got involved with a local church because David helped him find it, and he goes every week. God used the Wesley to change Cliff’s life and show him how important finding a church family is. He is devoted to the Wesley Foundation and looks forward to future years of growing in his relationship with God.  

Julia Mathews

During high school, Julia was the perfect example of what she thought a Christian should be. She attended her Lutheran church every Sunday. She volunteered for charities. She read her Bible and spent time every day talking to God. Her faith was unwavering, and she thought that she was doing everything right. 


When Julia graduated, she decided to attend Tarleton State University. Once she moved away from her home, she began to struggle with her faith. She stopped attending church every Sunday. She quit reading her Bible and began to question everything she had been taught. She began to doubt herself as well as her religion, and she soon found herself facing the two most lonely and difficult years of her life. She started falling into depression, but she hid her loneliness from everyone around her. Julia felt completely lost.  


The summer after her sophomore year, Julia was offered a job at a youth camp in Brownwood. She decided to pursue the opportunity and found it to be the best decision of her life. Her new job pushed her to reconsider her faith and look at the destructive decisions she had been making. After that summer, during her junior year, her roommate invited her to attend the Tarleton Wesley Foundation with her. Julia was reluctant, since she was not Methodist, but her roommate insisted that it did not matter.  


From her first visit, Julia felt completely at home. The Wesley reminded her of her hometown church. Everyone was so inviting, and she found herself returning every week. Through the fellowship she experienced there, Julia found her relationship with God drastically improving. The friends she made encouraged her to chase after God. Their passion for Christ made Julia want to be passionate about him, too. She also began to talk to David McMinn about what she was going through, and he encouraged her to not settle with basic salvation but to dig deeper into her relationship with God. As time went by, she found herself talking with God again and wanting to read her Bible. Her life slowly fell back into place.  


Now, Julia is very active with the Wesley Foundation. She is now the administrative assistant, leads a small group, which helps her touch the lives of Tarleton students, and also volunteers her time in the worship band for Logos Worship. God continues to work in her life, and she is focused on diving deeper into her relationship and knowledge of God. She has seen God do amazing things in her life, and she hopes to help other students experience the same amount of transformation.

Kimberly Norris

Kimberly Norris, from Arlington, Texas, is a junior at Tarleton State. She grew up in a family that required and encouraged her involvement in her Methodist church, St. Barnabas UMC. She was very involved in her youth group there and helped out as much as she could. Although she had been raised to be active in church, she never fully formed a truly personal reason for her involvement in it. Being a part of the youth group was very important to her, but, often, she did not feel as passionately towards the church services.


When she came to Tarleton State University, she quickly became involved at the Wesley. Her enthusiasm for our organization was overflowing, and she joined our greeting team for our Tuesday night Logos Worship. The Wesley provided her with a set of friends that supported her through her first semester of college, and it also kept her involved in a Christian-oriented environment. As she became more involved, Kimberly began to realize the importance of church in her life and the positive effects it had on her as an independent young woman. She missed her old church services, and she realized that going to church was her choice now, not just her parents’. Being involved in the Wesley showed her the importance that the church plays in the lives of Christians, and she began to look forward to the Sunday services she attended, which was something he had not experienced before. 


Kimberly decided to apply for a leadership position for the spring and fall semesters of 2015. She was selected for the position of communications leader. She was be required to spread the word about to Wesley and our events via social media. As of spring 2016, she became the Vice President! With this opportunity, she hopes to better herself and represent the Wesley with her passion for her faith and her love for people. 

Charlotta Robinson

Charlotta Robinson, a freshman from Wall, TX who has been active in our Wesley Foundation, learned through being a part of the Wesley what living your life for God really means.  


As a high school student, Charlotta had great plans for her life. She played softball in high school and was hoping to be recruited to continue playing in college. Her plans came crashing in when she seriously injured her hip her junior year. Hurt and confused as to why God would allow her plans and her biggest dream to fall apart, she turned away from her Christian life and turned to a life of partying and seeking after her own desires. She continued to pretend that she was fine- that she was still chasing after God. Inside, though, she felt lost. She continued to follow her own desires until she lost her uncle during her senior year. Her uncle was one of the biggest influences in her life and one of her best friends. Losing him devastated Charlotta, and she felt that she had nowhere to run except back to Jesus’ healing arms. She began to become active in her home church again and grew in her faith. When she left for college she knew that she needed to find a church group to become involved in to help her continue to deepen her relationship with God. When she found the Wesley she knew that is where she needed to be.  


As she became more involved with the Wesley, she decided to remember her baptism in front of her Wesley family to show that she was rededicating her life’s choices and direction to God. Now, Charlotta is active in our Wesley through our weekly Logos Worship and by being involved in our other weekly activities. She is growing deeper in her faith and is continuing to seek God during one of the most crucial times of her life.