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.

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.

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.