RUF stands for "Reformed University Fellowship." RUF is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Although we are sent to the campus by the PCA, we welcome students from all walks of life. Students from a wide variety of church and religious backgrounds are involved here at RUF. RUF is here for Christian students as well for students concerning the claims of Christianity.
After spending the first three years of his life rolling through snow in Iceland, Tommy and his family settled down just outside Jacksonville, FL. It was during his high school years here that Tommy responded in faith to the gospel. Powerfully compelled by Jesus' love for him, Tommy pursued a calling into ministry which led him to complete a degree in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry at Trinity College in Trinity, FL. Later he received his Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando in 2007. It was during these years that he met and married his wonderful wife, Nikki. Desiring to share the transforming love of Christ with youth, Tommy served at River Ridge Presbyterian Church in youth ministry for eight years before accepting the call to serve college students at the great University of North Florida in his hometown of Jacksonville. During their time at UNF, Tommy and Nikki have welcomed their three delightful children Tili, Asher, and Izzy into their lives filled with lots of adventuring in the great outdoors, eating warm meals with hungry college students, and creating a home where the lonely and struggling can find rest. When Tommy is not meeting with college students at Starbucks, he can be found watching football (GO JAGS!!!), doing CrossFit, or coaching soccer. Tommy and Nikki are passionate about serving college students faithfully.
Alex DaCruz grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida and graduated from Belmont University with a History Major and a Classical Percussion Minor. When he is not navigating the crazy world of the RUF internship, Alex enjoys teaching marching band/drum corps, music, drinking good coffee, reading, going to the beach, movies, and cheering on the Florida Panthers.
Julia graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she learned that "It is Finished," that everything needed to accomplish her salvation was completed by Jesus. She is passionate about students knowing that they are never too far gone for the grace and love of Christ. She loves her friends, local restaurants, coffee shops, and taking walks. She is so excited to be a part of RUF at the University of North Florida.