The Wesley Foundation of San Antonio (Formerly the United Methodist Campus Ministry SAUMCM) is an outreach of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to students and faculty of colleges and universities in the area of San Antonio, Texas.
The Wesley S.A. first began on the campus of San Antonio College in 1957. The United Methodist Student Center located at the corner of Dewey and Belknap directly across from SAC campus has provided spiritual guidance and renewal to students and faculty for nearly 60 years.
The Wesley S.A. now has on-campus registered student organizations at San Antonio College (SAC), Trinity University, and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In addition to regularly scheduled campus events, we offer off-campus activities and partner with surrounding local churches and non-profits.
Brenda Meneses started working part-time in 2009 for a few months, before becoming a full-time employee at the United Methodist Student Center.
Brenda came from Bolivia to the U.S. when she was 15 years old along with her immediate family. After graduating from Jusdon HS., she worked for 2 private companies before enrolling at SAC, where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Computer Programing, with a Certificate in ORACLE (SQL Database).
While a student at SAC, she became an intern for this Ministry. While participating in many Mission Projects (local and abroad) she fell in love with Campus Ministry and the lifelong friendships.
After graduating from SAC, she became a Board Member. Later the new Director at the time needed assistance, and asked her to work part-time which afterwards became full time Administrative Assistant. Now, Brenda can be there for students and give as she received as the Ministry Administrator.
When she is not working, she is interacting with the students, or working on a project. She enjoys spending time with family, and traveling or building things. She is also in constant contact through WhatsApp with her sister and niece in Canada.
Brenda enjoys playing with her cats and helping animals in need.
J. Alex Ruiz came to work for the Wesley in 2012 by way of a friend and has been part of the organization ever since. He has enjoyed being part of planning and taking part in our Hot Potato informative discussions, mission trips, retreats, worship band and much more. As an avid musician he works to help lead music during worship and mission trips. A life long student of archaeology and anthropology Alex has continued to pursue this line of study. He was featured on the History Channel Show "Forged in Fire" and brought home a win. When he's not at the Wesley he can be found in his shop "Volundr Forge" or working/teaching with other blacksmithing/bladesmithing organizations.
Valerie is an Associate Pastor at Travis Park United Methodist Church and joined the Wesley staff at San Antonio College in the Fall of 2018. While Valerie grew up in the Bay Area of California and attended college at The University of California, Davis, she loves calling Texas home. Valerie and her husband, also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, met at Duke Divinity School and moved to Austin soon after they were married. Valerie has served as a Youth Director, Director of Missions, and Associate Pastor with four congregations in Central Texas. Her passion is helping people to grow in their love for God, discern their gifts, and use their resources to partner with and bless others. Valerie and Eric spend a lot of time chasing their two young boys. She loves running, yoga, reading, cooking and enjoying good food, and watching t.v. and movies that tell great stories.
Sarah has lived in San Antonio since 2012 after graduating from Texas A&M. She worked in the non-profit sector for four years doing development work and later providing both adoption and post-adoption services before joining the staff at University United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the Director of Young Adult and College Ministries. She joined The Wesley at UTSA in 2020. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing pretty much anything outside (except for when it is lava hot as Texas likes to do) and trying to keep the DVR from getting too full with her roommates, Taylor and Alyssa. Sarah is excited to be part of how God is at work on college campuses like UTSA!
Lois Warden is a Senior at Trinity University majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and minoring in Spanish. She loves the Wesley because it opens a faith-based community and dialogue on campus. When she is not at Wesley or studying, you can find her planting, on a run, or drinking tea with friends.