Connection Runs Deep between UMC and WVWC


By WV UMC Admin

by Brandon Moll and Audrey Stanton-Smith

Before West Virginia Wesleyan College President James Moore addressed the 2024 Annual Conference Friday morning, he joined Wesleyan alumni for breakfast.

“We are blessed to be your partners here at West Virginia Wesleyan,” Moore said in his greeting to Annual Conference. “Our home among the hills is your home among the hills.”

For Wesleyan alumnus Brandon Moll, that connection runs deep.

“My connection to West Virginia Wesleyan spans 50 years and three generations,” said Moll, pastor of St. Lukes/Faith Shared Ministry in the Greenbrier Wesleyan District.

Moll joined other Wesleyan alumni Friday morning in the Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center to have breakfast, reconnect with others in the Orange Line, and celebrate the relationship between the United Methodist Church and the college.

Current and future alumni of West Virginia Wesleyan College
(Dates by names indicate the person’s class)
Dewayne Lowther – 1957
Dixie Helmick-McCormick – 1982
Breana Caltrider – 2011
Bill Elkins – 1975
Luke Spurgeon – 2022
Jim McCune – 1978
Brandon Moll – 2001
Kristi Wilkerson – 1999
James Moore – WVWC President
Jonathan Acord – WVWC Chaplain
Ella Caltrider – 7 years old – future class of 2039

“My parents, Barry and Pam, both went to WVWC,” Moll said. “My wife, Amy, and I both went to WVWC and our oldest daughter, Bree is a current senior here as well.”

“In addition to being legacy Bobcats, we are also longtime United Methodists who have been coming to the West Virginia United Methodist Annual Conferences for decades,” Moll said. “I have been to every annual conference that I have been alive. That makes this year my 45th. For me, my family, and so many others, WVWC truly is ‘Home Among the Hills.’”

President Moore and college staff have been meeting with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and conference leadership to determine how the relationship can be strengthened and how both the college and the conference can grow through our connection.

“It’s these kinds of relationships that help us all do a better job of getting the word out about the ‘Good News and Great Joy!’” Moll said. “I’m proud to be a Bobcat, and I’m proud to be United Methodist! I’m excited to see what the future holds for both the church and the college and for the two together.”