Wiley's students, faculty, staff, and alumni worshipped with pastors from area and regional churches on September 10 as part of their annual Celebrating the Church Day to recognize the College's covenant relationship with The United Methodist Church. The Rev. Justin Coleman, Chief Ministry Officer of The United Methodist Church,was the keynote speaker for the worship service.
The special day also marked the first time the campus family has worshipped together since the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. Following the service, the pastors and members of the Wiley family were treated to a special luncheon at Wiley's home church, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, which is located just a few blocks from Wiley, in Marshall, Texas.
In the photo, Wiley chaplain Tabitha Rankin is pictured center,right, next to former Wiley chaplain Tori Butler. Pictured second from left is the Rev.Justin Coleman.Other pastors in attendance at the service were the Rev. Conrell Lockett of Jones Chapel in Fairfield, Texas;The Rev. Develous Bright of Ebenezer United Methodist Church; the Rev. Richard Heyduck, Assistant Professor of Religion at Wiley; the Rev. Brian Brooks of First United Methodist Church of Hallsville, Texas; the Rev. Harold Coburn of First United Methodist Church of Waskom, Texas; the Rev. Thad Carter of Cross Roads United Methodist Church of Marshall; and the Rev. Rodger Gargs of First United Methodist Church of Marshall;