RUF at Jackson State University is located in Jackson, MS and has enjoyed the leadership from campus minister, Rev. Cyril Chavis, Jr. RUF is a vital part of the life of that campus and students have all kinds of opportunities to get involved, from Large Group Bible Study, small groups, and one-on-one ministry with the campus minister and seminary trained staff. We look forward to meeting you!
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!
Latasha Allston has been on the campus of JSU since the beginning of this ministry! She is from San Francisco, California, and she was a student at JSU from 2008-2012! While at Jackson State, she was an active participant of RUF, Dance Ensemble, as well as the Track & Field Team. She graduated in 2012 and started working as a ministry intern with RUF. Shortly after coming on staff with RUF, she began working towards completing a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy at Reformed Theological Seminary. After graduating from RTS in 2017, she has now come on as full-time staff. Tasha's focus area is outreach, ladies discipleship, and fostering community among our students. When she is not spending time with our RUF ladies, you can find her dancing, working out, and sitting in the sun!
David Jackson is a native of Greenville, SC and a graduate of North Greenville University. He and his wife met while serving with Child Evangelism Fellowship of SC. They now have three beautiful children and are expecting their 4th. He and his family moved to Jackson, MS in the summer of 2017 to pursue a Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. "The Jacksons" definitely keep a busy schedule and love staying active outdoors. Besides spending time with his family, preaching, and studying; he also draws portraits and illustrations. David's greatest desire is to serve JSU students well and help them discover and grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. David believes RUF is a divine opportunity to be faithful to the Lord's calling on his life.