Greetings and Call to Leadership
Greetings from the United Methodist Church
Sharon A. Brown-Christopher, Bishop of the Illinois Area Office, United Methodist
It was, in part, a vision of leadership - sensitive to multicultural, multiracial,
and inter-religious realities, focused on the stewardship of the whole of creation
and the whole of our human family, including children and the poor, developed in mind,
body, and spirit, formed in a strong ethical base, and rooted in integrity-that moved
John Wesley, the leading founder of The United Methodist Church, into the daily lives
of the citizens of England and early U. S. America in the latter part of the 18th
century with a mission centered in the formation of the person and the transformation
of the nation.
As a result of this vision, the United Methodist movement during its 230 years of
life has with great intention and passion founded and supported institutions of higher
education throughout our nation and around the world. Today The United Methodist Church
works globally in partnership with 750 centers of higher education with 123 of those
being in the United States in the task of forming visionary leaders for our 21st-century
world. One of those centers is Illinois Wesleyan University.
On behalf of The United Methodist Church and the Illinois Greater Rivers Conference
of The United Methodist Church, I, in the true Wesleyan spirit, welcome you, Dr. Wilson,
to the presidency of Illinois Wesleyan University.