Wesley Seminary has begun using its new $7 million building this fall and dedicated it in a special ceremony on Thursday, October 3.

The seminary, which is the first in The Wesleyan Church, began offering classes in 2009 and enrollment has already reached 401 students. Located just south of the main campus entrance of Indiana Wesleyan University on Washington Street, in Marion, Ind., it offers Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in English and Spanish.

The two-story building includes 21,000 square feet of floor space for classrooms, faculty offices, and a multi-purpose gathering place for students to study and gather. The construction was funded, in part, by a $2.5 million gift from the Green family that founded the Hobby Lobby stores.

Involved in the dedication ceremony were IWU President David Wright, The Wesleyan Church General Superintendent Jo Anne Lyon and other church officials, seminary Vice-President Wayne Schmidt and seminary faculty, seminary Board Chair Stanley Hoover, other board members, and other distinguished guests.