RUF at UNC is a Christian campus ministry that exists to provide a friendly Christ-centered community where the tired, the skeptical, and the committed can come together to experience the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Our student leaders put together socials, service activities, and Bible studies, and we join together once a week for worship and to hear a message from the Bible.
Simon Stokes is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary, where he received two Master’s degrees: one for divinity and the other for counseling. Originally, he hails from Dothan, Alabama and graduated in 2006 from Emory University where he pursued a degree in International Studies. After college, Simon worked as an RUF intern at Auburn University. It was here that he developed a heart for college students, as well as deciding to enter vocational ministry. Simon is married to Katie, who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and received a degree in graphic design from Auburn University in 2008. Whether it be movies, TV, or books, Simon loves stories in any genre. He also enjoys playing sports and board games. Sometimes he wins. Both he and Katie are hoping that North Carolina will make them “outdoorsy”. They have two little girls, Emory and Caroline.
Taylor graduated from the University of Florida in December 2014 with a degree in Advertising. She exudes endless energy and is incredibly sensitive to tv spoilers. She loves talking about God’s grace and her love of Google. Taylor’s a flannel wearing, perpetually hashtagging kind of person and is beyond excited to hang out with the students of UNC! RUF has played a huge part in her life story, and she’s so thankful the RUF part of her story is not ending yet.
Aaron Thornley is a Peachtree City, GA native and recent graduate of Mercer University, 2016. At the invitation of an older RUF student, Aaron attended large group. He quickly fell in love with the ministry and was involved all four years of college, three of those years being under Elliott Everitt. His senior year he decided he wanted to become an intern for the ministry. During his time at Mercer, he was a summer camp counselor for two years, followed by a summer internship at his home church in Peachtree City for the middle school and high school youth. Through these experiences, he developed a passion for serving and learning more about Christ and looks forward to continuing with his passion by serving students at Chapel Hill for the next two years.