Wesley Study Retreat

The Wesley Study Retreat was created by Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Simpkins of Cocoa, Florida, so that United Methodist ministers might recapture the spirit that formed the great Methodist movement.

The retreat is based at Oxford University in Oxford, England each summer, usually during the month of August.  The travel, housing, breakfast, and most dinner meals are provided by the retreat.  Each traveler accepted is asked to contribute $300.00 per person ($600.00 per couple) toward the cost of the overall retreat.  The participants will travel from Oxford to visit the Wesley sites such as Epworth, Bristol and City Road, as well as many others, hearing presentations by local Wesley scholars.  There will also be several days in London, where we will worship at Wesley Chapel and visit Wesley's home.

Each participant must have five (5) years of active ministry remaining in the Florida Annual Conference.  The retreat this year will be led by members of the Board along with a tour guide once you arrive in the United Kingdom.  There is space for 8 participants (4 couples or single applicants willing to share a double room).

CLICK HERE for the application. Complete the application and return it to the Office of Clergy Excellence, 450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL  33815, or you may email your application to Holly Finley at hfinley@flumc.org.  If you have any questions or need further information, please call the Office of Clergy Excellence  at (863) 688-5563 Ext. 134.

Additional Documents

Simpkins Thank You Letter
Simpkins Wesley Study Retreat Minutes

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011