Meet our New Campus Ministers!
July 26, 2018
We are thrilled to welcome these new campus ministers to our staff. Please pray for them as they begin their ministries on campus.
Martin is from Jackson, Mississippi, and did his undergraduate studies at Loyola University New Orleans in Music Industries Studies. During this time, he pursued his love of music, performing, and recording. After graduation, he continued his studies at the University of Mississippi with a Masters of Business Administration. Martin married his wife, Elizabeth, in 2015 and graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2018. During his time in seminary, he worked in the Students and Families Ministry at First Presbyterian Church Jackson, MS. Martin still enjoys writing and recording music, cooking, playing sports, and film.
Titus is a Texas native, born and raised in Houston Texas. He and his wife, Crystal, met in College Station while attending Texas A&M University. They both graduated from Texas A&M in 2010, and have been married ever since July 2011. Their first child is on the way, and is expected to arrive November 2018. Both Titus and Crystal have had the experience of living as international students overseas in China for a couple of years. Titus just recently graduated from Seminary in Dallas, having received his Masters of Divinity Degree (started at Redeemer Seminary and finished at RTS Dallas).
David was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in 2008 and then moved to Dallas, Texas for a job in sports broadcasting. During that stint in Dallas, David met his wife, Meredith, a Baylor graduate who was working as a pediatric ICU nurse. He began to sense a call to ministry, and they moved to Colorado in 2010 where David served on staff with The Navigators back at CU. With a desire for seminary training, they moved to Richardson, TX in 2013 for David to attend Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, and he graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2016. He and Meredith have two daughters: Evelyn, who was born in the summer of 2012, and Norah, who was born in the spring of 2016.
William grew up in the hills of Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Zoology/Conservation and Biodiversity. During college he embraced Christ in faith through the ministry of RUF, where he also met his beautiful wife, Katherine. After graduation William worked as a fisheries biologist in the New Orleans area. Sensing his call to ministry, William and Katherine transitioned to Baton Rouge where he served as an RUF intern at LSU. The Bondurants then moved to Jackson, MS, where William worked at Highlands Presbyterian Church as the Young Adult Ministry Intern and attended Reformed Theological Seminary. William graduated with an MDiv in 2018, and the Bondurants moved to College Station to serve as the RUF Campus Minister at Texas A&M University.
Cyril is from Virginia Beach, VA. During his first year at the University of Virginia, Cyril recognized that he was a sinner who was rebelling against a God who has a glorious design for his life. Cyril recognized his desperate need and gave his life to Jesus Christ, experiencing the life transforming grace of God. Soon afterwards, he sensed an inward call to ministry and immediately pursued the training necessary to sharpen his ministerial gifting. After being licensed to preach in Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Dr. Shelton Murphy, becoming a church planting resident at Portico Church, and graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Cyril began his formal training, pursuing a Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He became an intern under Rev. Elbert McGowan for two years, and has since been serving RUF at JSU as the campus minister. Cyril and his wife, Jenell, are excited about seeing God restore students' lives to Himself for their joy and His glory, on the campus of JSU. When Cyril is not at work in ministry, you can find him hanging out and caking with Jenell, laughing way too hard with friends and family, and vibing out to good music!
I (Jonathan) grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. While there, I enjoyed backpacking, climbing, running, skiing, and mountaineering in the awesome Colorado Rockies with my family. I moved to New York City for my BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. After college, I worked as an intern at RUF City Campus Ministry for 2 years before moving to St. Louis, MO for my M.Div. I met my wife Caroline there. Caroline loves all kinds of art (right now, she’s on a digital kick), running, climbing, Netflix, and just about everything else. We are pumped to be back west and at NMSU. Hit me (Jonathan again!) up if you want to hang out! When I’m not on campus, you can find me running, riding my bike, reading, cooking, and hanging out.
Chris Colquitt is a proud Texan, born and raised in Houston. Before becoming a pastor, Chris worked as an attorney at a law firm in Houston, focusing his practice on mergers & acquisitions and private equity. He is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Law and Westminster Seminary California. Much more importantly, he is married to Christen, and they have two young children, Margaret and Henry. Christen is an Austin, TX native and a graduate of Duke University.
Bentley has been married to his wife, Sarah Love, for over 10 years. They have four children that keep them on their toes: Lila Grace, Annie, Luke, and Camp. Bentley is originally from Meridian, MS and Sarah Love from Jackson, MS. Both of them graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2006 and 2007 where they both met and each came to understand the gospel in a saving way due in large part to the campus ministries they attended and the Christian friends they knew. This ignited a passion in them for ministry to college students which led them to work with CRU for three years - one year at Ole Miss and then two years abroad in Salerno, Italy. From there, Bentley went on to work for three years as a pastoral intern at Palm Vista Community Church in Miami, FL before returning back to Jackson in 2014 to attend Reformed Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2017 with his Masters of Divinity Degree. Through these experiences, the Lord has built in Bentley a passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ, a desire to minister God's powerful word, a love for people, and a heart for the local Church. As a result, he couldn't be happier to be serving with RUF and he sincerely believes that RUF at Belhaven is an incredibly important work.
Weston was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, and attended the University of Tennessee, where he fell in love with two things: RUF and his wife Hannah, a Nashville native. After graduating from UTK in 2012, the two married and moved to Memphis, TN, where Weston worked as an RUF intern at Rhodes College while Hannah worked as a commercial interior designer. From 2015-2018, Weston and Hannah lived in St. Louis, MO, where Weston attended Covenant Theological seminary. They are excited to be back in the great state of Tennessee, serving in the ministry they love so much.
Caleb is a University of Tulsa grad (2011), who has pastored at a PCA church in Tulsa, OK for the past 3.5 years. He is happily married to his wife Meggie (2012) and they have 2 fun, energetic, and entertaining boys, Micah (3yrs) and Braden (10mo). Caleb enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, playing music, sports and board games. He will graduate from Reformed Theological Seminary with his Masters of Divinity in January, 2019.
Marlin Harris began working for RUF at Mercer University in 2018. He grew up on the mission field in Asuncion, Paraguay before moving with his family to Marbury, Alabama in 1999. He attended Mercer University from 2007-2011 where he met his lovely wife, Caroline, who he married in May 2011. From 2012-2015 he worked with RUF as an intern at Emory University in Atlanta while Caroline completed Mercer’s Physician Assistant program. In 2015, Marlin and Caroline moved to Charlotte where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary. They are overjoyed to be back in Macon and serving Christ at their alma mater!
Brooks was born in Texas (woo!) but grew up in Nashville, TN. During his first year at the University of Tennessee (UTK) he met Meredith (who would one day become his wife). At UTK Brooks and Meredith were both involved with RUF on the student ministry team which gave them a passion for all RUF does for college students. Upon graduation (2011), Brooks began working with RUF as an intern at Vanderbilt University in Nashville just months before he and Meredith got married. After working with RUF at Vandy for three years (2011-2014) Brooks and Meredith moved to St. Louis for Brooks to pursue further training for pastoral work at Covenant Theological Seminary (2014-2018). While in seminary Brooks worked as a youth coordinator at their church and Meredith worked as a hair stylist (and a great one at that!). After graduating from Covenant Seminary (2018) Brooks and Meredith moved to Houston for Brooks to serve as the second RUF campus minister at the University of Houston.
While he grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jacob completed his higher education abroad. In 1999, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. He then traveled to Louisiana to pursue his MBA at Southeastern Louisiana University. There, God revealed to him the need to reach international students with the gospel, and he has served in international campus ministry since. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001, and enrolled at Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia, receiving his master’s degree through online education in Christian Leadership in 2008. After nine years serving international campus ministry in Louisiana, Jacob worked for nine years as the Director of Briarwood International Outreach at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. During his time there, he completed his M. Div. at Birmingham Theological Seminary. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys photography, hiking, and kayaking.
Joe was raised in Atlanta, GA as an avid Braves fan. After being converted late in high school, he went off to the University of South Carolina where he graduated in 2011. After college, he interned with RUF at Auburn University for 3 years. During those 3 years, he met and married April (a Birmingham native), his much better half. After graduating from RTS in Jackson, MS, April and Joe moved back to the great state of Alabama to begin with RUF at Birmingham-Southern. They have one daughter, Anna, and a yellow lab, Penny.
Matt Mahla is a native New Englander, raised mostly outside of Boston. For college, Matt decided to try something new when he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. There he was introduced to college football, Chick-fil-a, and, most importantly, his future wife, Bethany. Matt and Bethany got married shortly after college and spent four years in Charlottesville, VA, where Matt served as an RUF intern at the University of Virginia. After one unexciting year in an office job for Matt, the Mahlas moved to Boston so that Matt could attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Bethany could teach 5th grade. In Boston, Matt and Bethany had their two sweet children, Vance (born 2016) and Elise (born 2018). Matt spent a few years as an intern at a Boston church plant while receiving his Masters of Divinity and MA in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell. Matt and Bethany are excited to serve college students at Duke and would love to get to know you! Matt loves to hang out with people, explore places with Bethany, get a little too invested in Vanderbilt sports, and chase around his children.
Oliver and his wife Kim have been married for six years and both grew up in Knoxville, TN. They spent the last four years in Philadelphia while Oliver was working on his MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary. Oliver was first involved with RUF as a student during his undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University. While at Westminster, Oliver served as a pastoral intern with the college ministry at Tenth Presbyterian church in Philadelphia, PA, doing outreach and bible studies at colleges such as University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, and Temple. Oliver and Kim are excited for the opportunity to pioneer a new RUF at IUP alongside a new PCA church plant!
Kirstin and I met in 2011 at an after-church lunch while I was a student at Liberty University and involved with Lynchburg RUF. We married in Lynchburg in 2012 and went into the RUF internship in 2013. Two kids and five years later we are so excited to be returning to Lynchburg. We love to feed people, play board games, do anything outdoors, and watch our children attack our friends.
Andrew attended the University of Georgia where he studied Spanish and psychology. He met his wife, Olivia, while at UGA and they married in 2009. Fueled by a desire to gain experience sharing the gospel in a cross-cultural context, Olivia and Andrew moved to Madrid, Spain for almost three years with Mission to the World. While abroad, Andrew worked in youth ministry, college ministry, and church planting. In 2015, they relocated to New York City where Andrew earned a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, as well as a certificate in practical theology from Redeemer City to City. Andrew continues to work cross-culturally in a university setting with RUF-I at Columbia in NYC. Having lived as a foreigner abroad, Andrew understands some of the challenges of being a cultural outsider, and has developed a heart for welcoming and sharing the love of Christ with those who are far from home. Olivia studied jewelry and metalworking in undergrad and now runs a small business as a jewelry designer and maker. They have one son, Asa, who was born in February of 2017.
Eric and and his wife, Stephanie, were both born and raised in Kentucky. They met in Lexington, KY after Eric graduated from Indiana University and Stephanie graduated both from Western Kentucky University (undergrad) and the University of Kentucky (grad school). In 2007, they got married, moved to Saint Louis, and started their lives together as Eric attended Covenant Seminary and Stephanie worked. In 2011, they were called to remain in Saint Louis where Eric started serving as an Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Right around that same time, their daughter Anna Katherine came along, then son Callan in 2012, son Lawson in 2014, and finally daughter Cora in 2017. They could not be more thrilled to be in Bloomington and to be serving on IU's campus. Eric and Stephanie have long had a heart for young adults and college students and are so excited to be ministering to students at IU. They enjoy spending time with their 4 crazy kids, trying new foods and restaurants, playing golf, going on dates, eating sushi, and catching the latest show on Netflix.