Money Matters: Higher Education

Money Matters: Higher Education

With the financial help from the Holston Conference, I have been able to live the call God has placed on my life. My name is Reagan Kelly, I am from a small town called Elizabethton, and I am currently attending Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee. I have been a member of the United Methodist Church and the Holston Conference ever since I was born, but it wasn’t until 2017 when I realized the impact this Church would leave on me.

In spring of 2017, I got involved with the Conference Council on Youth Ministries for Holston Conference. From that point on, my life revolved around that ministry. God used that ministry to show me my own call to ministry and helped show me that Holston Conference is where I am called. I became more involved on a conference level by being C.C.Y.M. President and a delegate on the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. This conference led me to choose to attend Tennessee Wesleyan.

Because of Holston, my family has been relieved of a lot of financial stress. This relief has allowed me to pursue many extracurricular activities and even led me to accepting a job at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church in Athens. The financial gifts from Holston have been a sign of God’s faithfulness, and it is something I am so grateful for. I pray I can continue to do what God is calling me to do, and I am thankful for the Holston Conference for helping make it possible.


The 2022 budget for the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries is $590,068. Included in this budget are funds for our conference college ministries as well as funding for 5 Wesley Foundations within the bounds of Holston. Reagan Kelly is a student at Tennessee Wesleyan College and a member of the 2020 Holston Conference delegation.


Carolyn Kidd

Chair of the Holston Conference Council on Finance and Administration