Welcome! Thanks for visiting the website of RUF at the University of Texas in Austin.
RUF stands for Reformed University Fellowship and is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. As a Christian ministry at UT, we strive to reach students with the good news of Jesus. We also want to equip our students to serve others.
Jesus said that he did not come to save the righteous, but sinners. At RUF, we do not wish to pretend to have it all together. We are people in need of grace. Consequently, all are welcome to be part of our group, regardless of personal or religious background. RUF exists for the "convinced" and the "unconvinced," the lost, the found, the burned, bored, cynical, or spiritual. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact us. We would love to get to know you!
John Trapp grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama and attended Vanderbilt University. (He will be quick to inform you that Vanderbilt maintains an all-time winning record against UT in football games...2-1...but still!) After graduating from Vanderbilt in 2007, John married his college sweetheart Chrissy, an Austin, TX native. Chrissy worked as an RUF intern at NC State. Afterwards, the two of them moved to Houston, TX where John served as a youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian church for 6 years. The Trapps have three children: Owen (4), Lucy (2), and Georgia (1). Some common family activities include talking, reading, dancing, golfing, and eating Chickfila.
Mary Carlisle is from Charlotte, NC and graduated from Vanderbilt University ('16) with a degree in Secondary Education and History. RUF was such an important part of her Vanderbilt experience that she caught the campus ministry bug and realized that she wanted to join the RUF family as an intern. Apart from campus ministry, some of Mary Carlisle passions are all things history-related, spending time outdoors, walking, running, cooking and eating with friends. Mary Carlisle also loves to sail, a hobby that has been fostered by many summers at Camp Seafarer.