RUF Tyler seeks to be a community of students at UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College who are growing in our faith; learning to love God, love others, and love our campus. RUF welcomes the committed and the seeking, the convinced and the skeptical. We are a community where no matter what your background or belief (or doubt) you can explore Christianity, grow in your understanding of Jesus, and learn what it looks like to walk with him. We hope you'll join us!


Pool Party and Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Monday, August 26th at 6pm

Liberty Landing pool and clubhouse

Fall Conference

Friday October 4th-Saturday 6th

Camp Blessing TX 

Pizza and Games

Wednesday, August 28th at 6pm

Ornelas Hall Game Room

First Large Group

Wednesday, August 28th at 8pm


Freshman Ice Cream Social

Thursday, August 29th at 6pm

The Wilbanks' Home
610 Trenton Dr.
Tyler, TX 75703

Taco Party

Friday, September 6th at 7pm

The Yates' Home
3626 Oak Leaf Circle
Tyler, TX 75707

RUF Campout

Friday, October 25th - Saturday, October 26th

RUF Friendsgiving

Friday, November 15th at 6pm

Christmas Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 4th at 8pm


Additional Resources
JB Wilbanks

JB began serving as the RUF campus minister in Tyler in the Fall of 2017. He grew up in the small town of Linden in East Texas and attended Texas A&M for an undergrad in Psychology. It was at A&M that JB met his wife Allison. JB received his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He previously served as the Assistant Pastor and Minister to Students at Christ Church in Mansfield, TX before being called to RUF Tyler. JB and Allison have two children, a girl named Lillian (born April 2015) and a boy named John (born February 2017). JB loves reading, hunting, backpacking, golfing, and, above all else, playing with his kids.

Jay Dent

Jay is a graduate of UT Tyler, where he received his BA degree in English, minoring in Math. Although he grew up in Tyler, he actually started his college education in San Antonio at UTSA. While attending a small church plant perched in the midst of San Antonio’s rich culture, Jay began to feel God’s call towards ministry. Two years later, he transferred to UT Tyler where he finished his education, fell in love with RUF, and later joined the staff. Jay loves reading, going to the movies with friends, and cooking for as many people as he can fit into his house.