Iowa Wesleyan is a university of the church, proudly related to the United Methodist Church where Christian values are honored and all are welcome.

Mt. Pleasant and southeast Iowa are extremely welcoming of our students from many religious backgrounds, both Christian and non-Christian. The First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant is an active partner with the University and assists with spiritual life offerings such as Chapel Services and Bible Study. Students from all faith backgrounds are members of numerous congregations both in Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding communities.

Service to others is a key component to Iowa Wesleyan University which is rooted in Methodist tradition. Service Learning is a signature co-curricular program that carries with it academic credit. Additionally, many of our students serve the community, both IW and Southeast Iowa, in non-credit ways as well which are often driven by the Campus Ministry Office.

Campus Ministry is the hub of faith opportunities for the Iowa Wesleyan community. A variety of faith-based and spiritual programs and services are offered which include:

  • 1:1 Spiritual Care and Guidance with a Campus Pastor or partnering community pastor.
    • The Director of Campus Ministry is happy to talk with students about their spiritual questions and personal struggles.
  • Campus Chapel
    • Chapel Services are offered on campus during the academic year where students, faculty and staff come together for worship and reflection.
  • Real Talk
    • Weekly Bible Study
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    • FCA affords students and student-athletes the opportunity to intentionally grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. FCA meets weekly and is a growing student-organization. The organization is committed to service to others as well as impacting the IWU campus for Christ.


  • Students will be able to demonstrate the mechanisms for spiritual formation through the employment of spiritual disciplines.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of compassion and social justice through individual and corporate service to neighbors; individual, local community, the nation and internationally.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate that corporate worship is central to the realization that religion is a social activity, performed in community.


Information about faith-based scholarships is available through the Financial Aid Office.