Wes Astin, Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life, has served the Campus Community at Ferrum College since 1987. He attended Ferrum
College and graduated in 1974. He then attended Wesley Theological Seminary where
he received his MDiv. Degree. Following seminary he served churches in the Virginia
Conference on the Ashland and Danville Districts before returning to Ferrum College.
During his time at Ferrum he has served as Director of Development, Director of Alumni
and Family Programs, Director of Church Relations and now as Dean of the Chapel &
Mr. Astin leads the campus and the local community in Monday evening services at Vaughn
Chapel, and his responsibilities extend into student life and mission work as well.
Weekly services are led by Ekklesia, the Ferrum College Worship Team. This group performs
contemporary Christian and gospel music and are often invited throughout the Virginia
Conference of the UMC to lead in contemporary workshops and youth retreats.
He is the advisor to the Ferrum Christian Fellowship, a student organization that
oversees all ministry opportunities on campus, and also serves as advisor and member
to MEX — Mu Sigma Chi, a Christian fraternity that promotes academic success and leadership
skills through service to the church.
Ferrum College was founded as a mission school by the Methodist Church, and Mr. Astin
keeps mission work a priority nearly 100 years later. He has led Ferrum students on
mission trips to Belize, New Orleans, Guatemala, Jamaica, Brazil, the Choctaw Indian
Reservation in Mississippi, and England. The men of Mu Sigma Chi visited the Choctaw’s
for the past two years and have entered into a covenant relationship with this mission
site with plans to visit again in 2012 and 2013.
Astin has traveled extensively. He has visited Israel nine times. He has taken students
on travel abroad experiences in such places as Rome, Malta and Prague. In 2005 The
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, which comprises 124 United Methodist
preparatory schools, colleges and universities across the country, named Astin Chaplain
of the Year. In his personal time Mr. Astin enjoys reading, dancing to beach music
and time with his family.