RUF at OU is a community of students centered on the story of God's love for the world in the person of Jesus. As we are being shaped by the love of Jesus, we are growing in our love for God, our neighbors, and the world as we seek to serve our campus and community. Although we are a Christian ministry, students from all religious (or non-religious) backgrounds are processing together who Jesus is and what he means for their lives. We are growing together in what it means to be truly human as persons made in the image of God who embody his love for the world.
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Scott and Helen are displaced Southerners learning what it means to be Okies, “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.” Scott was born into an army family and has moved all over, mostly growing up in Georgia and Alabama. He graduated with his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering in 2010 from Auburn University. He loves to run, read, do pretty much anything outside, and he loves college football (so we’re in the right place!).
Helen grew up in Florence, Alabama, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal Performance) from Birmingham Southern College in 2011. She also grew up an avid reader, but she exceeds Scott’s capacity for the arts in her love for everything music, from musical theater and opera to praise and worship.
Scott and Helen were both involved in RUF as students, and Scott served as an intern with RUF at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott and Helen dated and got married in Birmingham in 2012. After Scott finished up at Samford in 2013, they moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Theological Seminary. They both graduated in 2016: Scott with a Masters of Divinity, and Helen with a Masters of Worship and Music. They have been so blessed by the ministry of RUF themselves, and they are excited to be called to love and minister to the students of OU. Boomer Sooner!