All students are welcome to RUF at UTC, regardless of personal or religious background. We welcome the "convinced" and "unconvinced" and invite all students, no matter where they are, to RUF as we consider the truth claims of Christianity together.
We want RUF to be a place where a student can come with questions, find fellowship with others, worship God, serve others, and grow in their knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His work on their behalf.
John Mark was born and raised in Northeast Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi where he studied History and English. Two years after graduation, he moved to seminary in St. Louis, MO to study at Covenant Theological Seminary. There he met and married Caroline Lamberth, who was also attending Covenant. Both earned graduate degrees and moved to Chattanooga to partner in campus minister for RUF at UTC.
The Scruggs have three fun and busy children - Mary Margaret, Jack, and Sam. John Mark enjoys long dinners, family walks, impromptu dance parties with his kids, reading, exploring bookstores, and meeting others at coffee shops in Chattanooga.
Nicole grew up in Oxford, MS and stuck around to attend Ole Miss, graduating in 2015. She majored in Business Management but experienced frequent crises of whether or not to change her major to something she actually liked; she did not because she is lazy. While at Ole Miss, she became involved in RUF. It was through this involvement that she developed a deeper understanding of the absolute sinfulness of her heart and the beautiful grace of God. Because of the way she felt so loved by her peers, interns, campus minister, and God, she decided to continue her journey with RUF.
Jacob was born and spent all of his childhood years in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a child Jacob enjoyed playing soccer, watching all types of sports, and hanging with his friends and family. After high school, he attended Georgia Southern University and graduated with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. He got involved with RUF during his time at Georgia Southern and it was a place where he felt like he could be his true self and still be shown love by those around him. These days, Jacob enjoys playing and watching pretty much any sport, watching movies with friends, geeking out over professional wrestling, and hanging with his wife, Sarah Beth.