Wesley College Foundation

Wesley College Foundation was established in 2017 as a US-based 501c3 organization. The Foundation exists to support the ministry of Wesley College in Mwanza, Tanzania.  Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the Foundation ensures that US donations are tax-deductible and regularly transferred overseas.

 

In 2020, the Foundation hired its first full-time Executive Director, in order to best support the stability of the college and its strategic growth. In June, 2020, Reverend Eric Soard  transitioned from his role of Wesley College Founder and Principal to assume this US-based leadership position. Read Eric's bio.

Board of directors

President

Dr. Edward Franklin

President, Franklin Educational Consulting

Hot Springs, AR

Board President Dr. Ed Franklin has over 40 years’ experience in various positions at community colleges in three states. He is fluent in American Sign Language and worked for Gallaudet University in Washington DC.  He finished his career as CEO of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges.

 

Ed has always been involved in volunteer work, including with the international L’Arche community. He retired to Hot Springs, Arkansas where he continues to work with Achieving the Dream and is a senior fellow at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Ed is a member of Piney Grove Methodist Church in Hot Springs. He trains his own bird dogs and enjoys pheasant hunting and fishing. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for over 50 years. 

 

Ed is involved with Wesley College because he knows the value in providing education to persons who would not otherwise have a chance at success. Ed knows that the education of one individual impacts a family for generations to come.

 

Directors:

Rev. Allen Newton

District Superintendent, Alabama-West Florida Conference, UMC

Montgomery, AL

Mark Schnarr

Retired, Executive CEO, US-based Relations, Heifer International

Little Rock, AR

Dr. Kenneth Schwab

Retired, President of Centenary College

Gallatin, TN

John Sweeney

Director of Stewardship Development,

Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

Vestavia Hills, AL

Kimberly Watson

Global VP Materials Replacement, Wilsonart

Georgetown, TX

 

 

 

Ex-Officio Member

Rev. Eric Soard

Executive Director, Wesley College Foundation

Nashville, TN   

Vice - Chairperson

Rev. Dr. Bill Buchanan

Pastor, First United Methodist Church

West Memphis, AR

Treasurer

John West

Retired CPA and Partner, RSM U.S., LLP

Birmingham, AL

Secretary

Matt Buchanan

Senior VP Commercial Lending, Bank of the Ozarks

Little Rock, AR

Directors: 

Sarah Argue

Deputy Director, Arkansas Research Center

Little Rock, AR

Glenn Ford

Retired, Construction Executive Green Solar LA

Birmingham, AL

Benito Lubazibwa

Founder and CEO, ReMix Ideas

Little Rock, AR

Kristi McClellan

Contract Grant Writer, Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference, UMC

Spanish Fort, AL

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Contact Us

731-616-8506

esoard@wesleycollegetz.com

 

Wesley College Foundation

1872 Lake Ridge Road

Birmingham, AL 35216

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