Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Residence Hall Reunites Friends and Alumni

Jun 26

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Wesley Theological Seminary (WTS) broke ground on the first new building on campus since the 1950’s during an historic groundbreaking ceremony on July 11. Friends, alumni and staff of Wesley attended the momentous ceremony.

Rev. Dr. Terry Bradfield, Vice President for Development at Wesley, opened the ceremony by looking to the past. “On April 5th, 1957, a similar gathering for a similar purpose took place near this spot as our predecessors broke ground at the new location for the renamed Wesley Seminary in the nation’s capital. As described in Pilgrimage of Faith: A Centennial History of Wesley Theological Seminary, 1882-1982, “It was a rainy Friday, but the ceremony went forward in good order and, as John Wesley might have said, ‘with solemn joy.’”

Bradfield went on to describe this groundbreaking as a renewed commitment to the Wesley community and beyond. “When the moment comes to sink these shovels into the ground… we will be signaling to ourselves, our neighbors, the city of Washington, D.C., and the church-at-large that Wesley Seminary is renewing its commitment to being a physical and vocal presence in the nation’s capital, dedicated to preparing men and women of high Christian character to lead in the revitalization of the Church and the transformation of the world.”

The new residence hall will be a beautiful, modern, “green” building, down the hill and parallel to Straughn dorm. The facility will be home to 76 students and will feature 52 living units. There will be single and double occupancy-style rooms arranged in suites with a shared bathroom, and each floor will include several common areas such as kitchens, meditation rooms, study spaces and lounges.

The construction project is expected to take one year and the current plan calls for the residence hall to become home to Wesley students for the Fall 2013 term.

There are many ways to help fund the building of the new residence hall, including making a personal donation or gathering friends to make a donation as a group. This is a perfect opportunity to recognize a loved one or that pastor who has meant so much to so many. Wesley has a broad range of naming opportunities for memorial or tribute gifts. To review our list of these options, visit  An envelope is enclosed to make it easy for you to send your gift today. As always, the seminary will be glad to spread your total gift over monthly, quarterly or annual intervals over a period of three years.

We hope that many of you will make the choice to join fellow alumni and friends of Wesley to build our new residence hall with a gift that truly exemplifies your commitment to supporting the future preachers, teachers, and leaders of the church in the world.

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