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Wesley Club at the University of Washington is a progressive, LGBTQ affirming community in the University District neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. We are working together to create space for encounter, dispel isolation, and subvert the status quo. We journey together, as a supportive community, exploring the meaning of life and faith. We encourage participants to engage, ask questions, and develop their own spiritual perspective. You are welcome here.

The Wesley Club at the was established 1920 by the United Methodist Board of Missions to “foster spiritual life for college students”. Over the last 96 years, Wesley has provided a place for students to explore spirituality and social justice. Wesley works to build a community that practices radical hospitality and radical love.

Our space is open Monday-Thursday from 12 pm -6 p.m. and Fridays from 12 pm -3 pm.

Use our space to study, meet friends, watch a movie, grab a cookie, or talk to a pastor.

We have a communal dinner (vegetarian and vegan options included) accompanied by either worship or a speaker every Tuesday at 6 pm during the school year. Check our events page for other volunteer opportunities and fun events.

We also have Core Groups. Core Groups are smaller groups of students who gather once a week for an hour or two to share what is going on in their lives. Groups are led by a mentor. Groups sometimes have a bible study component. But each group sets its own agenda.

We are located right next to campus (1414 NE 42nd St. Suite 202), where we curate a safe space and community to fight for justice, explore spirituality, and just have fun!

Wesley Leadership

Martin Saunders

Raised in Southwestern Virginia, I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2008 with a not-so-profitable English major.  After college, I moved to Washington, DC, where my wife and I got married, and spent most of our twenties building community, paying rent, and eating great food.  In 2013, we picked up everything and moved with our dog to Seattle so I could attend seminary at Seattle Pacific University, where I graduated in 2017 with a Masters in Divinity.  While the raining reason is still hard for us, my wife and I have fallen in love with the PNW’s epic beauty.  On any given weekend, you might find me adventuring through the mountains, exploring new worlds in sci-fi/fantasy, or being creative in either the wood-shop or the kitchen.  In my believing, thinking, and living, I seek to upend structures of oppression, to reconcile divisions in the church, and to build communities of hope, learning, and laughing.


Amid all the fun I had at my fraternity, my college experience was still defined by a struggle to figure out who I was and where I fit in.  It was a chance to hide from some hard parts of my story, and confront others.  The Wesley Club is place for all–for all people with every kind of hardship, joy, and anything in between.   I know that because I am new (!!), and I have never been so welcomed and so supported.  Come learn with me about this second-family, who does life together over incredible home-cooked meals, and welcomes so unconditionally.  I can’t wait to meet and hang out!

Rachel Bradley

image06Hello all! I’m Rachel! I grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, and now I’m so glad to call Seattle my home! I am a Interdiciplinary Visual Arts major, starting my sophomore year here at UW, and I am hoping to eventually go into the film and animation industry! I am into everything art related that you can imagine, and I am always looking for an adventure, and to challenge my abilities. I love coffee, music, sloths, sushi, and my pets, and I am super excited to be part of the Wesley staff this year!

Danielle Leslie

Hi everybody! My name is Danielle Leslie and I’m a junior here at the University of Washington studying to become a nurse. Although I was born and raised in Washington state, I loved moving up to Seattle from my small town life in Longview. I love dance and music. I’m an officer on my dance team here at UW that I love being apart of, as well as being apart of the Wesley community. I have been a member of Wesley Club since my freshman year and am so excited to get the chance to be apart of the Wesley staff for this year!



Allie Pires

Hello, I’m Allie! I’m a second-year at the University of Washington studying Biochem and Medical Anthropology and Global Health! I’m originally from the Silicon Valley in California, and I’m loving every minute of Seattle. Music, movies, dogs, and cooking are comforts of mine, and I’m always down for a good hike! I am so happy to be a part of the Wesley Community, where I know there’s always room at the table. I can’t wait for everything this school year holds for us!