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Millsaps Announces New Director of Wesley Foundation

by Web on May 22, 2017

The Reverend Reed McCaleb will assume the role of director of the Wesley Foundation at Millsaps College, effective July 1, 2017. McCaleb is currently serving as the senior pastor of Fannin United Methodist Church in Brandon, a position he has held since 2015. McCaleb has been an Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2009 and has been a member of the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries Team for the Mississippi Annual Conference since 2012.

The decision to hire a director of the Wesley Foundation at Millsaps represents the latest step the College has taken to enhance its relationship with The United Methodist Church. In July 2016, Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley was hired to lead the Center for Ministry and to more fully integrate the Center’s work into the life of the College. In January 2017, the College announced the hiring of The Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, currently senior pastor at the historic Galloway United Methodist Church, as the chaplain and director of church relations, effective July 1, 2017.

“Reed brings a passion for student ministry that reflects a deeply held commitment,” Shelton said. “Reed has a keen intellect, is curious, and is vocationally called to campus ministry. His knowledge and experience in working with United Methodist Higher Education is an important enhancement in Millsaps’ strategic plan of strengthening the relationship between Millsaps and The United Methodist Church. Reed is an excellent addition to Student Life at Millsaps.”

“I’m so excited and thankful to be a part of this new opportunity at Millsaps College,” said McCaleb. “My hope is that in the midst of life, college, and beyond, each student may walk in grace as they see a need for justice and grow in God’s love even when their world may seem dark. The Wesley Foundation can be that place of hope where students can ‘put down their roots’ and navigate their journey with Christ.”

The Wesley Foundation director is a new position that has been fully funded through the generous support of the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the East and West Jackson District Offices of the Annual Conference, United Methodist congregations around the state, and by the members of the Wesley Advisory Board at Millsaps.

McCaleb is a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2010. His wife, the Rev. Karie Sue McCaleb, also serves in the Mississippi Annual Conference as an ordained Deacon.