Welcome! RUF is a Christian ministry for the U of A campus. With so many choices and possibilities, college is an exciting time, but it can also be lonely. RUF seeks to provide a safe place for students to rest in the gospel, grow in their faith, and find community. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!
Mike is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv). Before that, he played football at Wheaton College for two years, broke his ankle, and transferred to the University of Missouri where he played (intramural) football for three more years. While at Mizzou, he met and married his sweet wife, Deanna. Mike and Deanna have three children: Luke (2011), Eleanor (2014), and Peter (2015) – each of whom looks eerily similar to the other. Mike loves reading George MacDonald and Russian authors, eating bacon, and secretly enjoys being sad. You'll find him drinking coffee at Puritan Brew Co. or having lunch at Brough. Team Ford enjoys eating vegetables from their garden, playing games, watching TLC, going on walks after dinner, doing anything outdoors and writing bios in the third person.
James graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Auburn University in December of 2016, but his real passion (besides telling and laughing at jokes that aren't funny) is RUF. As a child he didn't go outside nearly as much as a child is "supposed" to, instead developing a life-long love of reading and writing. Along the way Jesus was kind enough to show James that he loved him, in spite of the fact that he had never done (and will never do) anything to deserve it. James still enjoys reading (especially C. S. Lewis), writing (especially about esoteric irrelevant minutia), talking (especially about feelings), and singing (especially Les Mis), and in recent years has even come to enjoy the fact that he is simply the least athletic person on the planet.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) is a first year intern from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in the Spring of 2018 with a double major in Math and Math Education. Elizabeth knew she wanted to be involved in RUF at UGA before she even got to college, but she didn't know how much of a blessing it would be. The community of believers that surrounded her from RUF pointed her to Christ in every circumstance and she learned more about the undeserved, immeasurable love of God. As an RUF intern, she is excited to help create this community for the students at The University of Arkansas (Go Razorbacks!). Elizabeth loves spending time with friends and family, baking, hiking, singing, and playing ultimate frisbee. She cannot wait to see how the Lord will work in these next two years!