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FSU Wesley embarks on rebuilding

FSU Wesley embarks on rebuilding

Rev. Mike Toluba, FSU Wesley director, reflects on the pros and cons of the longstanding Chapel of the Upper Room, which is being demolished to make way for modern facilities. 2014 file photos by Susan Green.
Editor's note: This article was updated on Dec. 29, 2015, to correct an error in the description of the $2.5 million loan for the FSU Wesley rebuilding project.

TALLAHASSEE – Plans are underway to replace the Chapel of the Upper Room, a large concrete structure that has housed worship services for the Wesley Foundation ministry at Florida State University since the early 1970s.

Florida Conference leaders have long said the building is outdated, prone to roof leaks and showing signs of wear that don't merit repair. Plans to demolish the chapel and replace it with new facilities were announced in 2014. The effort received a boost in 2015 with a $2.5 million loan from the Florida United Methodist Foundation. FSU Wesley, as the ministry is nicknamed, is charged with raising an additional $500,000 to help pay for the project, including equipment and furnishings.

For more information about the project, a sketch of the planned new campus ministry building and donation opportunities, click here to read an article from the Tallahassee Democrat.