MEET THE STAFF
Glen is Director of Wesley Foundation at Purdue. He's a tall goofy guy who likes all things recreation. If you hang around him very long he will convince you to play Wallyball or Ulitmate Frisbee during the semesters. During the breaks he continues his recreational ways hiking with students in Colorado and bicycling on our week-long Bikers for Jesus. At the drop of a hat, he will go with you on a mission trip just about anywhere in the country or world. Never at a loss for words, he also loves good conversation both in small groups and one-on-one. As we seek to be the spiritual community, we are called to be.
Desiree chose to work at Wesley Foundation because of its core mission to create a strong nurturing community for students that is centered on faith in God. She says, “It is inspiring to see the students learn and grow in their faith as they strive to make a difference in the community by serving others and being great role models in Christ. Being a part of this wonderful support system during such an essential time in the students’ lives as they prepare to go out into the world is a rewarding benefit!” When not at Wesley, Desiree is a Ballroom dance teacher. She also loves to volunteer as the production choreographer for St. James School musicals. In 2015, she ranked among the top two Indiana couples in the Professional Open Smooth Ballroom Competition circuit. For the past 12 years Desiree has been a member of the Lafayette community with her husband, 4 children, 2 dogs, and Jerry the chinchilla. Desiree is a devoted mother, dancer, and staff member of the Wesley Foundation at Purdue.
Development Coordinator Pastor
Pastor Rune comes to Wesley Foundation with a passion for church communication, interfaith spirituality, and international outreach. From 2013-2016, she lived in Hong Kong, where she immersed herself in the study of interconnectivity among world religions. In 2016, she graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary (Hong Kong) with a Master of Divinity. Although coming from a Lutheran background, she considers herself multi-denominational, having worked for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), participated in a Baptist worship community, volunteered as a preacher at a United Methodist Church, and interned at a non-denominational church. Pastor Rune also served the Hong Kong Christian Council as a radio ministry director and speaker. Creativity and innovation are central to her preaching. The radio series she is best known for is “Spirituality and Noodles.” At Wesley Foundation, Pastor Rune oversees communications and fundraising, while also providing pastoral care for LGBTQI+ students. She enjoys drawing and painting, in addition to watching anime and playing video games with her husband Jordan.
Global Connections Pastor
Pastor Wellington finds himself at Wesley Foundation by God’s divine provision. Before coming to the USA in Fall 2017 to study for his Masters in Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, Pastor Wellington never ever dreamt nor imagined himself doing campus ministry. Pastor Wellington had served as a Youth Director for 7yrs as the District Youth Director of Harare Central District of the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference and thought that he had enough with youth and young adults ministry. Circumstances after his graduation from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois saw him being directed back to the same ministry he so much loves. Pastor Wellington has passion for working with the young generation and loves seeing their spiritual lives being shaped forever (Proverbs 22:6). He is married to Felicia for 27 years and they have four handsome sons: Anesu (25), Panashe (21) and Kudzaishe (14). During his spare time, Pastor Wellington loves going fishing with his son, Kudzaishe.
Glynn graduated from Purdue in May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has been active at Wesley since her freshman year. Glynn is from Fariview, Texas and has been active at her home church, First UMC Allen, her whole life. While at Purdue Glynn studied abroad in Hannover, Germany for 7 months during her junior year, and she is plans to return to do research in Tissue Engineering in the spring. Glynn is passionate about student outreach and connecting with new students, which she hopes to bring to her role as intern. Her favorite Wesley memories include playing ultimate frisbee and watching the bachelor in the basement.