North Central College - Naperville, IL

Albright-Wesley Society

Helping prepare a new generation of leaders for the United Methodist Church

North Central College is proud to be “your college.” We’re the only United Methodist Church-related college in the Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Conferences, and we’ve been preparing new generations of leaders in the Wesleyan tradition for 150 years.

Our intentional efforts to sustain and advance our religious studies academic program and our campus ministry and service opportunities have equipped students for leadership in United Methodist churches as pastors, Christian educators, youth directors, musicians and leaders in lay ministry.

To continue this effort, North Central has reestablished the Albright-Wesley Society, named to honor church founders Jacob Albright and John Wesley. These visionary leaders united Christian faith with a commitment to liberal arts education. We invite you and your congregation to continue this commitment by becoming members of the College’s Albright-Wesley Society.

This partnership will help strengthen the bonds between North Central College and United Methodist churches and develop a new generation of leaders for the United Methodist Church.

Contact the Rev. Doolittle, North Central College’s chaplain, for all matters related to the Albright-Wesley Society, including scheduling a visit to your church.
Rev. Eric Doolittle
North Central College
30 N. Brainard St.
Naperville, IL 60540

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Religious studies major

“I’ve felt a call to ministry since age 13, so I knew I wanted to be part of ministry and service and that my college needed to be strong in those areas. My pastor told me about North Central and I soon discovered the College was strong in its United Methodist traditions with lots of opportunities in ministry.”

Religious studies major

“I heard North Central had an active ministry program, but it’s way more active than I ever imagined. I came here because I was interested in religious studies and wanted to serve in ministry groups and prepare for ordination. My passion is to help people, and I feel there’s no better way to help others than through my church and outreach.”

Religious studies major

“Being at North Central College is a real-world experience and great preparation for ministry. You interact with people of different views and backgrounds. As I’m learning how to live out my faith, I also experience community through my involvement in campus ministry where I feel grounded and connected.”

Religious studies alumnus

“Everything that happened at North Central College prepared me to fulfill my calling. My teachers opened the Bible to me in new ways. They challenged me to think critically about what I believed and to be courageous and speak up for my beliefs. The chaplains brought all kinds of speakers and people to campus. They expanded the whole world for me and were amazing experiences. I developed deep roots at this school and they have nourished me through 40 years of pastoral ministry. Over the years, I’ve encouraged students to attend North Central and I regularly support the school as a member of the President’s Club.”


Religious studies alumnae

“I was mentored in my home church by my dad the late Reverend Willie Smith, who is also a North Central alumnus, and many lay persons, and I came to college fully ready to pursue ministry and fulfill my calling. People like North Central’s campus chaplain were very supportive and helped to provide opportunities and life-changing experiences that strengthened my journey toward ordination.”

Tracy Smith Malone graduated from North Central in 1990, from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and from United Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she is...