Vandy Wesley is…
a student COMMUNITY on a spiritual JOURNEY to positively IMPACT Vanderbilt, Nashville, Middle Tennessee, and beyond.
Undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University experience a remarkable and rigorous education, world-class lectures, and extensive extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, combining these with immense study requirements doesn’t leave much time for meaningful connections with other students, and can leave students feeling overwhelmed, inadequate, and alone. Vandy Wesley Fellowship offers a break from this daily grind, a delicious meal, and a place to deeply connect with others as we explore our faith together. Every student that attends one of our events is welcomed by another student, starting these connections from the first time we meet. Vandy Wesley welcomes and celebrates people of all races, religions, economic statuses, sexual orientations, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, and mental or physical ability.
Vandy Wesley supports students in many ways:
– Support on faith journey
– Pastoral counseling
– Opportunities to engage
– Opportunities for service
– Opportunities for scholarships
I believe the best way to get to know anyone is over coffee or ice cream — so we should do that sometime–my treat! – Pastor Nancy
Meet our Vandy Wesley leadership team.
Rev. Nancy Parker
Campus Minister; she/her/hers
Nancy is a creative and energetic pastor in the United Methodist Church. She frequently breaks into song and laughter and her deepest vocation is bringing people together from different cultures and backgrounds for conversation, music, and/or spiritual practice. Nancy has served as the Methodist Affiliated Chaplain at Vanderbilt and pastor for the student organization Vandy Wesley since 2016. She has also been an associate pastor at West End UMC since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts in music from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is married to Geoff, who also works in young adult ministries.
Pastoral Intern; she/her/hers
Erin is a third year MDiv student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. While her degree concentration is in Chaplaincy, she has a deep love and passion for environmental justice and eco-theology. This is her second year as a pastoral intern with Vandy Wesley and she continues to be surprised and excited by the ways Vandy students embody grace, kindness, and deep knowledge of God like she has never encountered before. Her greatest loves include rainy days, walking at Radnor Lake, and Sunflower Cafe in Nashville. She would love to get to know you over any type of drink or food, so don’t even hesitate to reach out!
Pastoral Intern; she/her/hers
Skyler is one of the Vandy Wesley interns this year. She is in her 2nd year at Vanderbilt Divinity School to earn a Masters of Divinity. Skyler is originally from central Illinois, but earned her undergraduate degree in communication from Concordia University Chicago. Skyler loves to go on walks with her dog and husband at Edwin Warner Park as well as checking out all of the Nashville coffee shops with friends. She also loves learning about the cultures where people grew up and the communities they come from.
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Meet Vandy Wesley’s student leaders!
Gabriel is a rising sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences. He’s from Florida and is studying math and computer science at Vanderbilt. He loves reading, playing Minecraft, and learning Japanese.
Community Events Coordinator; she/her/hers
Hannah Marr is a sophomore from Winder, GA, majoring in Human and Organizational Development (HOD) and Economics. Some of her favorite things are biking, service projects, and running!
Worship Leader; she/her/hers
Sophia Meyer is a junior studying music education at the Blair School of Music. She is originally from El Dorado, Arkansas and has loved making Nashville and Vanderbilt her home away from home. When she is not rehearsing or working in the practice room, Sophia enjoys embroidery, reading at local coffee shops, and taking walks with friends.
Communications Coordinator; she/her/hers
Ashley Monteiro, class of 2022, is Wesley’s Communications Coordinator. Ashley is a pre-med student currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art History. When she’s not busy with school Ashley enjoys reading, playing games, baking, and drawing in her freetime.
Spiritual Journey Coordinator; she/her/hers
Mandy Schremmer is a Nashville native from the class of 2021. She is majoring in English with a focus on creative writing and minoring in business. When not stuck in the books she is also a fan of ballroom dancing, musicals, and playing JRPGs.
Leadership Team Chair; she/her/hers
Naomi is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She’s from Nairobi, Kenya and she loves house plants, yoga, math and reading!
Impact Event Coordinator; he/him/his
Matt Witalec is a rising junior from Cleveland, OH. Matt is studying mechanical engineering with a minor in business. He is a big Cleveland sports fan (especially the Cleveland Browns), and also supports Ohio State football and the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his free time, Matt enjoys golfing, playing tennis, and watching mystery tv shows. His favorite place to eat on campus is The Pub, and off-campus he frequents Satay Thai. He would love to talk with you about his experiences at Vanderbilt and with Vandy Wesley, so please do not hesitate to reach out!
Community Events Coordinator; she/her/hers
Emma is a junior from Bowling Green, Kentucky planning to major in Political Science and Computer Science. In addition to Vandy Wesley, some of her favorite communities on campus are Alternative Spring Break, College Scholars, and Moore College, where she is a resident adviser. She is passionate about fighting climate change, connecting with other people, and making the most of every day.
Vandy Wesley has offered a worshipping community for Vanderbilt students for over 50 years. Throughout its history, Vandy Wesley has always offered a progressive Christian community with student leadership.
Through changing worship styles, locations, and campus ministers, these core elements of the ministry have remained. Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition is Christ-centered, open-minded, and big-hearted.
We are named after the eighteenth-century founder of the Methodists, John Wesley, who started a spiritual revival on the college campus of Oxford that was focused on cultivating a Christian faith that is personally meaningful and socially relevant. Our mission on the campus of Vanderbilt is to continue in this tradition of forming and renewing the faith of emerging adults.
Like most Christian denominations, we have creeds that attempt to point to the essence of what we believe. In connection with Christian communities across the globe, we profess belief in the great creeds of the church, which are the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. We believe that what unites us as Christians is far more important than what divides us. While we have our own particular views on a variety of theological and ethical issues, which can be found in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (online at www.umc.org), John Wesley taught us to live with a “universal spirit” that seeks to build bridges with other Christians, and with people of other faiths as well. In the spirit of Methodism, we do not focus on creating boundaries with long lists of required beliefs. Instead, we focus on creating a community that has a strong center in Christ, while being open to exploring the edges of faith in ways that respect both the limitations of our knowledge and the uniqueness of each person’s experience.
While creeds and statements of faith can be helpful in some ways, quite frankly, they can also be a bit dry and, if we are being honest, a bit boring. Interestingly, Jesus didn’t spend much time teaching creeds. Instead, he spent a lot of time telling engaging stories about what God is like, and Jesus’ followers spent a lot of time telling stories about Jesus to describe what God is like. Stories were how Jesus and his followers communicated what faith is about. We hope you\’ll share your story with us.