Wesley House empowers and strengthens our community by providing academic, emotional, and spiritual support.

who we are


Programs: Our community is at the heart of our programs. Wesley House was started in 1907 to provide care to the children of working parents. These families and their needs have provided the programming road map to Wesley House for decades. Today we focus on two populations of greatest need: children and senior citizens.

Children: Caring for children has always been a part of Wesley House. Our commitment is to provide quality educational, emotional, and spiritual support for Knoxville's inner-city children.

Seniors: The people who made this community cannot be forgotten. Programs for senior citizens have been a part of Wesley House since the early 1950s. Today we enjoy a lively relationship with some very special seniors!


Meet Our Director

Garrett Wagley is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. He was raised in and attended Highland Heights UMC in Memphis until his mother became an ordained UMC minister. He was active in the youth programs at Braden UMC, Springfield UMC, and St. Mathews UMC in West Tennessee and he attended Lakeshore summer camp for many years.

Garrett earned a BA in Political Science from UTK and later received a Masters from the University of Memphis.  He is a nonprofit and public relations executive with twenty years of experience. He has worked at PR firms and Knoxville area nonprofits where he developed communications campaigns, launched fundraising events, and led committees and boards. At the Knoxville Chamber, Garrett was a chief architect of the strategic plan that resulted in it being named the national 2011 Chamber of the Year. In Jefferson County he recruited a number of businesses and hundreds of jobs to the community. He has served on community and professional boards and committees including Keep Knoxville Beautiful, United Way of Greater Knoxville, Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, Introduction Knoxville, and Leadership Jefferson County.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me at 865-524-5494 or gwagley@wesleyhouse.com.